In 1970 the American public was still coming to terms with the civil rights movement and the feminist movement. Annie Henderson and Marguerite Johnson were no longer tied to the bonds of slavery. Little 3 Maya attended secondary school, and found herself a job being the first black conductorette on the San Francisco street cars. This network provides the character with moral guidance in the face of racial and gender adversity. Eisenhower 488 Words 2 Pages to blacks as previously thought. But Angelou did not give up when things were falling apart at first, then the next three weeks were a honeycomb of determination.
I had neither element in my personality, so I hefted the burden of pregnancy at sixteen onto my shoulders where it belonged. In a sense, Annie Henderson is queen of her own domain; she is able to own property, have her own money, pick and choose to whom she wants to loan money or give credit; she has substantial influence in her community and protects those that are in need. Her mother told her to never give up no matter what. She shows Marguerite that there is nothing wrong with being feminine as long as you have control over the situation. The sexual encounter is to be on her terms and under her control. In addition, the men do not offer Marguerite any guidance as she matures into womanhood and Marguerite chooses not to engage any of the men for support.
He must believe that for his ends to be served by all things and people can justifiably be shifted about, or that he is the center not only of his own world but of the worlds which others inhabit. Despite her independence, however, Annie Henderson chooses certain paths in life that were looked upon by Marguerite as safe because they were tried and true formulas that were handed down from generation to generation: Momma intended to teach Bailey and me to use the paths in life that she and her generation and all the Negroes gone before had found, and found to be the safe ones. Both women have a powerful influence over Marguerite, but only she can decide which path to take in life. Second, Marguerite sees her as a woman that is financially self-reliant in a male-dominated society. One year after Maya became homeless, she returned home with her mother. The sub-genre of African-American female bildungsroman is less than twenty years old, but its characteristics have been around much longer.
New York: Peter Lang 1994. Indeed, she owes much of her clarity of vision to her grandmother, who though not always able to protect herself and family from the exterior climate of hate, refuses to diminish herself as a human being by succumbing to bitterness or by engaging in aggressive, retaliatory behavior. Because she was very intelligent and always said she was too mean to lie. But this only confirms that she is fighting racism it does not show a progression of her femininity. The fall of woman is merely physical-the illicit breaking of the hymen. The world has taken on a new meaning.
Although she has internal conflicts as she thinks about abortion, pre-marital sex, family, and motherhood, she chooses to have the baby on her own and take responsibility for her own actions. Maya ended up going back to the office for two weeks slowly getting closer to be able to talk to the boss without the lady in the front desk knowing at all, maya got the chance to talk to the boss and got the job. Marguerite learns from a network of women who teach her traditional moral values, independence, education, and self-reliance. Such works, though by no means models for Christian faith or action, are invaluable for the facts and feelings that they lay bare and for the occasional flashes of elegant expression or passion. Chapters 31-32 shows Maya with her dad known as Big Baily and her dad's girlfriend. Laying down the moral roots of her being, Annie Henderson teaches Marguerite to be self-reliant in the face of adversity, a type of instruction that is a component of the African-American female bildungsroman.
It was in that moment that she found her written voice. Flowers explaining to her that this was going to be a difficult journey to get Marguerite to speak 97. She helps Marguerite distinguish between right and wrong through her religious beliefs, and she helps her find a balance in the community that is unbalanced by racism. Even though this perseverance shows that Marguerite achieves a certain level of maturity, shows strength, perseveres in the midst of adversity, and handles this predicament in an independent manner with little or no advice from family, Marguerite still has to reach her pinnacle as described in the African-American female bildungsroman. She no longer views life with a child like stance. Redefining her identity as she transitions into womanhood and accepting feminine values handed down from Vivian are both characteristics of the African-American female bildungsroman. With this defining moment in her life, Marguerite takes all that she has learned from the community of women and synergizes this knowledge to get the job that she wants.
King help illustrate the challenges of that time period and help set the scene for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This thesis will show that the narrative fits into a focused sub-genre of literature called the African-American female bildungsroman and that the book conforms to the boundaries of this literary category. She wanted to prove if you put your mind to it you can do anything. And finally, she brings a difficult relationship with her mother to a more loving and mature level in order to build a stronger bond. An example of this approach is the way in which Angelou depicts men in the narrative. Angelou 4-5 In this passage, it is apparent that Marguerite is beginning her journey of transformation by questioning her African-American heritage. Instead, she instinctively separates herself from her mother by how she and Bailey Jr.
Marguerite must learn to cope with her second-class status as an African-American as well as her inferior status as a woman. . Maya attended secondary school, and found herself a job being the first black conductorette on the San Francisco streetcars. She has now reached a point of maturity where she can discuss sex and the female anatomy with her mother. Marguerite knew she was emancipated, but she probably wondered how she could use this freedom. They open up our understanding to other lives and allow us to extend our sympathies as we share those experiences.