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Free Study Guide-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou-Summary
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Chapter 36

Summary

Even though Maya is pregnant, life goes on as usual. She tells no one of her condition, except Bailey. When she graduates from high school, she is nearly eight months pregnant, but she hides it so well that no one notices. Maya finally reveals that she is expecting a baby. She writes to Daddy Clidell and tells him that she does not want to marry the father. Everyone supports her decision.


Maya has a short labor. After a little pain, her son is born. For the first time in her life she realizes that she has done something almost single-handedly. She immediately adores the baby, but is almost afraid to touch him for fear of hurting him. Vivian forces Maya to sleep with the baby in order to get over her fears. Maya achieves great satisfaction and happiness when her mother wakes her in the middle of the night to show her that she is cradling her baby very naturally in her arms.

Notes

The birth of her child brings immense joy to Maya even though she confuses possession with motherhood. But for the first time in her life, Maya feels like she truly belongs and that someone belongs with her. She has found her space and happiness as a mother.

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