For what purpose did the author write this memoir?
a. To show the importance of the spoken word
b. To describe how her grandmother helped her
c. To decribe how Mrs.Flowers helped her
d. To show that reading is not the most important part of education
For my part, I am not entirely comfortable with any of the four answers. I think that I am probably the most comfortable with how important her grandmother is in the narrative. The role her grandmother occupies in Maya's life is an important one. It reflects a couple of realities. The first is that Maya is able to use her grandmother as a role model of how to succeed in a world that is filled with racism and prejudice. Grandmother Henderson shows Maya how strength and love can combine into an individual who can persevere and triumph over social adversity. When Grandmother Henderson is able to lend money to people of both races, this also helps to show Maya how important it is to demonstrate a capacity of emotional strength that does not preclude the need to deny others that are in need. Throughout most stories of self affirmation, the need to be present for others is forgotten. Grandmother Henderson's character reminds Maya of this important truth.