Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

by Maya Angelou
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What is the moral of "Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now"?

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This is a collection of essays by Maya Angelou that deal with many different topics, including Angelou's childhood, career, and adversities in her life.  Angelou addresses many serious subjects with humor in these essays, including those that deal with very difficult topics, like being a single mother, dealing with racism, and being a woman in a "man's world."  If we could sum up the moral of the entire collection, it would be one that focuses on self-reflection and treating oneself and others with dignity and respect.  eNotes states, "Her recurrent themes include self-knowledge and the necessity of honesty, prudence, and respect in the treatment of oneself and others."

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