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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literature and Writing Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

As quickly as I understood that I had not reached my home, I sneaked away to Robin Hood's forest and the caves of Alley Oop where all reality was unreal and even that changed every day. (11.1)

Some people play World of Warcraft 20 hours a day. Others read. Maya is a reader, and she runs to literature to escape the real world.

Quote #2

She appealed to me because she was like people I had never met personally. Like women in English novels who walked the moors (whatever they were) with their loyal dogs racing at a respectful distance. (15.11)

Even real people can become literary characters. If Mrs. Flowers is the refined English lady, who is Momma?

Quote #3

"Now no one is going to make you talk—possibly no one can. But bear in mind, language is man's way of communicating with his fellow man and it is language alone which separates him from the lower animals." (15.35)

Eureka! Mrs. Flowers flips the switch in Maya's head, helping her realize that books are not just entertainment, but tools to communicate and connect with other people.

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