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The Effects of One Person Upon The World From an apprehensive child growing up in a small town in Arkansas Maya Angelou has evolved into an influential wise and respected woman She has overcome obstacles and has grown into one of the lite intellectual people of this country and perhaps the world Along her numerous struggles various people have given her positive guidance and passed down their knowledge to her Among these people was Mrs Bertha Flowers a person in which Maya respected greatly She was a dignified person that Maya could strive to achieve the gratitude that Mrs Flowers gave to the people around her a sense of appreciation In her life story I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou attributes her characteristics she has acquired today being influential wise and respected to Mrs Flowers who shows her the power of a voice the knowledge of literature and pride in her race and turns a self-conscious girl into one of the most profound writers of our time Mrs Flowers enlightened Maya on the importance and dominant effect of expression through an individual voice Earlier in her life Maya was sexually molested and raped and as a result became dormant towards society This was such a traumatizing event in her life that struck her obviously in a physical sense but moreover mentally Where she was once a brilliant outgoing child she became a quiet somber adult As a result of this Mrs Flowers stepped in and told Maya to bear in mind language is mans way of communicating with his fellow man and it is language alone which separates him from the lower animals The intellect and beauty of Mrs Flowers was shown through this quote which she educated Maya If that was the only thing she ever mentioned to Maya the beauty of the words alone could have changed her from a cocoon sleeping in the darkness into a butterfly fluttering
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