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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is a subject on herself Younger maturing life throughout the years It was publish by Bantam Books Maya Angelou is an award winning poet playwright professor theatrical producer performer and singer The authors purpose for writing this book is she wanted people to know her hardships and struggles that she went through This book shows her test and trails which she goes through I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings characterize her growing up in the 1930s in segregated Stamps Arkansas Her parents divorced when she was at the young age of three Annie Henderson their paternal grandfather raised her and her older brother Bailey Maya came face to face with sexism and southern racism that manifested itself in wearying daily indignities and terrifying lynches mob When Maya was eight she and Bailey went to be with their mother Vivian in St Louis Vivians boyfriend Mr Freeman molested and raped Angelou After everyone knew what happened Mr Freeman was discovered dead having been beaten after these events Angelou felt blame and humiliation of being sexually abused while assuming that she denied in court that he molested her before he raped her After this she stopped speaking to everyone except Bailey The family accepted the silence at first but they soon became frustrated and angry Angelou and Bailey returned to Stamps where the remained until Angelou was 13 years old The eight years after the rape Angelou felt like a survivor than a victim When she moved to San Francisco to live with Vivian she slowly came out of her silence to be bold and refuse to accept her fathers careless habit of playing her off his girlfriend Delores When hostility reached the top point between Angelou and Delores Angelou spent part of her vacation living with homeless teenagers in a junkyard At 16 she hid a pregnancy and succeeded in graduating from high school
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