In "I know why the caged bird sings" does Maya's sense of displacement make her susceptible to Mr Freeman's sexual advance? How does the rape and Mr. Freeman’s death influence her throughout the rest of the book?
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Mr. Freeman's death causes Marguerite to lapse into a kind of stunned silence; she feels responsible for the fact that he was killed. Through the influence of a kind and encouraging teacher, she emerges from her silence, and it is possible to view her writing as a reaction against, and development from, the silence from which she originally suffered.
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