I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
Horatio Alger was the greatest writer in the world. His heroes were always good, always won, and were always boys. (12.24)
Maya notices pretty early in life that male heroes are always swashbuckling, while princesses are always standing around looking pretty. She would much rather be swashbuckling, and she's not shy about it—gender identity is a big issue for her.
The gamblers in pinstriped suits and their makeup-deep women whispered to me out of blood-red mouths that now I knew as much as they did. I was eight, and grown. (12.6)
Um, those ladies are creepy. Why does Maya feel like an adult at age eight? Is it because of the rape, or are there a variety of factors? What else makes you an adult?