Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Her brother, Bailey, gave her the name "Maya" as he called her mya sister when they were younger.
After being abused by a family friend, Maya and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Maya also became mute after the abuse, speaking only to her brother.
It was her encounter with Mrs. Flowers in Stamps that she began speaking and writing. Her passion for using words to express herself was ignited during this time. She is now one of the most well-known poets in the United States.
Characterization in an Autobiography
analyzing perspectives (adult vs. child)
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