"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"

Tackk by: Erica Hughes

Book by:Maya Angelou and re written by Oprah Winfrey


The theme of this book is Racism and Segregation.  In the book "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" they talk about racism with her family. Policeman used to go around trying to arrest most of the black race. They separated the black from the white in schools, restaurants, jobs, and in water fountains.


The original author of this book is Maya Angelou and she recently died on May 28 2014. She was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. Another thing she wrote was The Heart Of A Woman. Oprah Winfrey is the author that foreword the book. She didn't change anything important. Oprah Winfrey is the host of OWN tv and the host of the Oprah show.


The genre of this book is Non-Fiction, it is a biography.


The setting of this book is in Stamps, Arkansas in the 1930's through the 1940's. It takes place in several locations, her grandmother's store, and in her home.


Margueritte (Maya Angelou) : The main character in the story who wants to be a white girl. She has to deal with the abandonment of her parents. She lives in a world where being black is a sin.

Bailey Johnson: The brother of Margueritte Johnson who tried to protect her and has a lot of confidence.

Mrs. Annie Henderson: The paternal grandmother of Maya Angelou who takes in Maya after her parents divorce.

Uncle Willie: The crippled uncle of Maya and Bailey.


The main conflict in the story is when Maguerite's parents divorce and she is sent away to her grandmother. After a while she starts to think they are dead until they come back to her life. She starts to feel unloved and like no one needs her


The mood of the story is sad, determined, hurtful, proud, and abusive.

An Excerpt From The Novel

"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom."

This song connects to I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings because Margueritte has conquer many things in her life and in the song Katy Perry talk about being shy and growing up to a beautiful woman.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

How would you feel if you were shipped off to live somewhere that was new to you?