Maybe being sixteen, single, and pregnant isn't everyone's idea of a happy ending, but Maya seems pretty content at the end of the novel, don't you think?
Let's take a look at how things have wrapped up for our girl. Did she
The last things that Maya is missing are love and adulthood, which (drumroll please) she gains with the birth of her son. Ta-da!
But even with all these loose ends tied up, the story feels a bit unfinished. Why? Because we know Maya is going to grow up to be a famous author and poet, but the novel ends decades before that ever happens.
Never fear! This is only the first (and some say best) of Angelou's six-part autobiography. If you want to follow Maya and her son to the point where she began writing Caged Bird, read on.