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In the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings the main character Marguerite Johnson is influenced by a preponderance of characters including Bailey Jr Momma Henderson and Mrs Bertha Flowers One of the primary influences is her older brother Bailey Jr Momma or Annie Henderson the parental grandmother also plays an important role for Maya Additionally Mrs Flowers the black aristocrat of Stamps saves Maya during an especially difficult time All in all these three characters act as important roles in the development of Marguerite through her juvenile years First Bailey Jr serves as the most significant role in the protagonists young life In the novel Maya distinguishably states I would be the major loser if Bailey turned up dead For he was all I claimed if not all I had Bailey is one year senior to the main character however it makes no difference for they both share many of the same interests such as reading poems and playing games When Angelou was eight she and Bailey moved to St Louis to live with their mother Vivian and her mothers boyfriend Mr Freeman soon after Mr Freeman sexually molests and rapes the young child after such a horrid experience the central character only speaks to Bailey who comforts and supports her To sum up Bailey gives much confidence to Marguerite throughout their childhood together Second Annie Henderson influences her granddaughter as an all powerful role model For example Momma takes Ritie to a white dentist and demands that he help her he refuses and says Annie my policy it Id rather stick my hand in a dogs mouth than in a niggars therefore Momma goes inside to speak with him Ritie imagines this entire milieu where Momma has victory Ritie is also amazed at how well Momma adjusts to Los Angeles after living all her life in the small town of Stamps Arkansas All in all Momma plays
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