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Ch 4: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Character Analysis

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This comprehensive literature chapter helps you analyze the characters from the book ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'' Available 24/7, these simple lessons/quizzes can benefit anyone who needs to study for an exam, write a literature term paper, get ahead in class or bring up their grades.

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Anyone who needs help analyzing the characters from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to analyze important character traits, quotes and relationships from the book. Among those who would benefit are:

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Character Analysis chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for a standard literature course. The lessons help you analyze the following major and minor characters from the book:

  • Marguerite (Maya)
  • Bailey Johnson Jr. and Sr.
  • Annie Henderson (Momma)
  • Uncle Willie
  • Vivian Baxter
  • Mr. Freeman
  • Mrs. Bertha Flowers
  • Dolores Stockland
  • Other minor characters

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Character Analysis
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Characters: Overview & List

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Characters: Overview & List

In this lesson, we will discuss the major characters from Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''. This novel is an autobiography of Maya's childhood, which includes elements of neglect, abuse, and racism.

Marguerite (Maya) in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

2. Marguerite (Maya) in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' examines the struggles of a young African-American female moving through her life with a profound determination and hope to reject the racially prejudiced and sexually biased culture she is seemingly trapped in.

Bailey Johnson Jr. in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

3. Bailey Johnson Jr. in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

Maya's brother, Bailey, is her favorite person. In this lesson, we will learn more about Bailey Johnson, Jr. in Maya Angelou's autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Relationship of Maya & Bailey in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

4. Relationship of Maya & Bailey in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

When Maya and Bailey are sent away after their parent's divorce, they learn to depend on each other. In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between Bailey and Maya in Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'

Annie Henderson (Momma) in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

5. Annie Henderson (Momma) in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

When Maya's parents' divorce, she and her brother are sent to live with their grandmother, Momma. In this lesson, we will analyze the character of Annie Henderson, who is called Momma, in Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Uncle Willie in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

6. Uncle Willie in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

In ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' by Maya Angelou, Uncle Willie is a cripple whose disability is the brunt of jokes in Stamps, Arkansas. Uncle Willie enjoys privileges that other members of the community don't, which make him an object of resentment.

Bailey Johnson (Daddy Bailey) in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

7. Bailey Johnson (Daddy Bailey) in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya and her brother, Bailey, have felt unwanted by their parents since they were sent to live with a grandmother after a divorce. In this lesson, we will examine the character Bailey Johnson, Sr., Maya's father, who is called Daddy Bailey in Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'

Vivian Baxter in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

8. Vivian Baxter in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

After her divorce, Vivian allows her children, Maya and Bailey, to be taken to their grandmother's house in Arkansas to be raised. In this lesson, we will analyze the character of Vivian Baxter from ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Mr. Freeman in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

9. Mr. Freeman in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Mr. Freeman was a monster who victimized Marguerite at a young age. Despite his arrest, Mr. Freeman met his fate, but his murder tormented Marguerite almost as much as her rape. Read on to learn more about Mr. Freeman in Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.''

Mrs. Bertha Flowers in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

10. Mrs. Bertha Flowers in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Quotes

Mrs. Flowers is one of the biggest influences in Maya's life. In this lesson, we will analyze the character, Mrs. Bertha Flowers, from Maya Angelou's autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Dolores Stockland in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

11. Dolores Stockland in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

One of the lessons Maya learns when she visits her father and his girlfriend, Dolores, in Los Angeles is that we are all afraid of not belonging. In this lesson, we will analyze the character Dolores Stockland from Maya Angelou's autobiography 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'

Minor Characters in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

12. Minor Characters in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

As Maya is shuffled around from place to place during her childhood, she encounters a variety of people that influence her. In this lesson, we will discuss the minor characters from Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

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