Men in Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
Looks at the men in African-American Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".
# 145492 | 2,120 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Nov 12, 2010 in English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Gender) , Women Studies (Women and Society) , Literature (American)
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This paper explains that, although Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is about being an African-American woman and about the feminine condition of all women, the most important relations Angelou depicts in this book are generally with men. Next, the author describes her key relationship with her brother Bailey, the man who first introduces her to sexuality, Mr. Freeman, her mostly absent father Big Bailey, her successful and kind step-father Daddy Cidell and her own son Guy. The paper concludes that, although there are strong female influences in Maya's life such as her Mamma, they end up just as detached and with less influence than the men.
From the Paper:"May's love and trust of Bailey, even in regards to sexual matters, begins much earlier in her life than in the scene out side the tent. When Maya is raped, it is fear for Bailey's life that keeps her quiet at first, and then he is the person that convinces her to reveal the identity of her rapist. Mr. Freeman, the man who first introduces Maya to sex and sexuality, is also a hugely important factor in her life, though of a much more negative sort than Bailey. She actually enjoys his first advances on her, which involve her being held while he pleasures himself."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Bantam, 1983.
- Manora, Yolanada M. "'What You Lookin' at Me For? I Didn't Come to Stay': Displacement, Disruption, and Black Female Subjectivity in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Women's Studies, no. 34 (2005), pp. 359-75.
- Pollard, Ingrid. "Review: Maya Angelou." Feminist Review, no. 17 (Autumn 1984), pp. 115-7.
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