CliffsNotes on Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

CliffsNotes on Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

Language: English

Pages: 72


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Piqued by a dare, Angelou wrote this first book as an exercise in autobiography as art — and succeeded. Her novel is a story of the difficulties of black women and the eventual victory of spirit that comes from being a soulful fighter.

CliffsNotes on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helps you explore this tale of rebirth, self-worth, and dignity. This concise supplement helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include

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but also explains and justifies African-American hero worship of black athletes. Raise up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it  a paraphrase of Proverbs 22:6. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and be exceedingly glad  an amalgam of Psalm 100:1 with Matthew 5:12. “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”  hymn which is a standard feature of fundamentalist revival services because of its crooning, mournful melody, melodramatic images, and gentle harmonies. C.M.E. Church  Colored

Allan Poe’s works, a new dress, and a Mickey Mouse watch from friends and relatives, a breakfast worthy of Sunday morning, and, for a few fellow students, ready-made outfits from Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward or makeovers of hand-me-downs for those who cannot afford new clothes. The second singing of the black national anthem, a traditional rallying song since its publication in 1900, negates the denigrating oration of the supercilious Mr. Edward Donleavy and revives Maya from a temporary

magazine, Life and everything else available to me.” In gratitude for the “clean slate” that Miss Kirwin extends to her classes, Maya responds to creative stimulus and returns in later years for visits to the teacher who made a strong, positive impression on her. Overall, the influence of strong, resolute women permeates Maya’s childhood and provides the role models she needs to achieve a self-sustaining dignity. Typical of her hard-headed individualism, however, she exercises an eclecticism

self, complete with a generous perception of worth and dignity. The circuitous pilgrimage in search of unconditional belonging ends with motherhood, ironically the failed source which precipitated Maya’s soulful odyssey. Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970 and labeled by reviewer Wanda Coleman as Angelou’s “magnum opus,” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a modern classic among young adult and adult readers, has earned varied kudos. One of the most outspoken comes from the late James

trade for store items, thereby maintaining solvency during hard times. Although poor in worldly goods and bereft of power, Annie is rich in the esteem of local people, both black and white. Daddy Bailey Johnson A sanguine, conceited man vain enough to send his exiled children his picture as a Christmas gift. Speaking affected but proper English, Big Bailey, a former doorman at the Breakers Hotel in Santa Monica and later a dietician at a naval hospital in southern California, looms larger than

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