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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou "I know why the caged bird sings" is one of the six autobiographies written by Maya Angelou. I think that she has written this book to show people that even though some people can have a disturbed childhood they can still achieve highly in life. The story is mainly set in Stamps, which is a small town in the South of America, where Maya and her brother Bailey spend most of their life, however some parts of the book have been set in many different towns of America. Within this book she reveals that Maya is not her birth name it is just a name that was given to her by her brother Bailey when he was a child. As Bailey and Maya were sent to Stamps with no explanation of what was going on, Maya came to the conclusion that her parents were dead, however when her parents send her and her brother a gift at Christmas, the truth is revealed to her. ...read more.


Also how the black people in stamps were depending on a wrestling match between a black man and a white man to prove to the world that they were the stronger race, the excitement when he wins and the disappointment when he is losing, an example of this from the book is:(e.g. from book 2). This example shows that they depended on small things that they feel will help them gain respect. Some other examples from the book which I found shocking as I have always thought things would not happen the way they did, (e.g. from book 1) This was quite shocking as I had never thought that somebody living in the country would have achieved higher than those living in town. Because I thought that the town had more resources to keep peoples achievements higher. My final extract from the book is (e.g. ...read more.


the end of one chapter Maya may be talking about bailey however in the next chapter it goes onto something completely different. I would recommend it to everyone although mostly those with patience as it takes a long time to really get into the book. Out of 10 I would give it a rating of 5 as it depends on the person who is reading and on personal preference. I found that this book was very interesting as it let out facts that were unknown to me like racism could go as far as doctor refusing to treat his patient. The only part of this book that I disliked was the fact that it was switching from subject to subject throughout chapters which confused me and took long to get into for instance it takes about 2 chapters to really get into a book but then the subject of the chapter might change and then you have to get into it all again. ...read more.

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