In this book, Maya Angelou has grown as a young girl to a young adult all very fast.
Angelou’s reaction is to fantasize that her grandmother gets revenge by humiliating the dentist and putting him out of business.
He refuses to help, saying, “I’d rather stick my hand in a dog’s mouth” than in the mouth of any black person.
Maya wrote this book in the early 1970s when women autobiographies were informing readers of the importance of all women in America, including African American women.
Maya was living at a time when racism and segregation were at its highest.
Another time, when Marguerite has a bad toothache, her grandmother takes her to the only dentist in Stamps, a white man to whom Momma lent money during the Depression.
We waited.” Then when Louis knocks out his white opponent and is announced “still heavyweight champion of the world,” the black people of Stamps, clearly representative of black people all over America, celebrate.In the novel I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou goes from a little southern black girl who wishes to be a “a long and blonde haired, light-blue eyed, white girl”, to a very mature young adult that is proud of her race.Throughout ’s (Maya’s) life she goes through many difficulties and triumphs. What means of resistance against racism does Angelou depict?How did the opportunities for resistance for rural southern blacks differ from those available to the black people in San Francisco?She states that her fear is of people, even of her own color, mocking and laughing at her.While attempting to read her poem, she begins to get nervous, stutters, and then runs out of the church as she starts using the bathroom in her pant but is laughing at herself, which foreshadows her later ending success.But remarkably, she learns and grows from her life experiences and becomes an intelligent employed young woman, as the book's theme explores her coming of age.At the beginning of the book, Maya shares with her readers her first learning experience, which foreshadows the problems she will face, when she cannot recite a poem out loud in her all black local church.It begins when Marguerite and Bailey are three and four and ends just after V-Day and Marguerite’s high school graduation. She mixes African American sayings and idioms to achieve her own inimitable mode of expression.In describing what happens to the main character, Marguerite Johnson, it shows what happens in the black communities of Stamps, Arkansas; St. Autobiographical elements include what happens to Marguerite and her family and how she feels, as an adult, about the people and events. The book begins with the African American rhyme, “What you looking at me for?