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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings All the places Maya lived and the different people she was surrounded by really affected her There were many positive and negative influences on her throughout her life She had to move so much and was treated so differently everywhere she lived She was very confused about herself for a very long time All the shuffling around started when she was only three years old She was sent to Arkansas to live with her grandmother Her grandmother was a very motherly figure She influenced Maya in many good ways Yet momma seemed to be a very ignorant lady Especially towards white people Maya didnt let her know she was reading Shakespeare merely because he was white Momma also always refers to whites as they Momma had a huge influence on Mayas thinking At one point in the book she even says she doesnt even consider whites human Then again when the Powhitetrash girls are harassing momma she never sinks to their level She just continues working and humming Then when Maya and Bailey are transported to St Louis they have a complete change in the life they had known before They are now in a loud chaotic environment Maya has to deal with Big Daddy and his flashy white man habits This totally disrupts the quiet family lifestyle she had with momma For awhile Maya starts to really find herself among all the different people she is forced to live around Just as she seems to be fitting in a little Mr Freeman rapes her She is left extremely guilt ridden and taken advantage of Mr Freeman very negatively affected Maya Although Maya isolates herself to the library the books really helped her She learned to let the books keep her company rather than needing Mr Freeman By this time Bailey and Maya have grown apart yet he remains the most important person to her When they are
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