In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, why does Mrs. Flowers encourage Marguerite to listen to "mother wit"?multi-answer please help: 1.those contain wisdom passed down through generations. 2.she...

In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, why does Mrs. Flowers encourage Marguerite to listen to "mother wit"?

multi-answer please help:

1.those contain wisdom passed down through generations.

2.she thinks Marguerite should have a better sense of humor.

3.she thinks Marguerite reads too many books.

4.she means that Marguerite should obey Momma better.

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The answer to this question is clearly choice #1.  Mrs. Flowers is trying to tell Marguerite that the old sayings that the (seemingly ignorant) country people tell are actually full of wisdom.

This can be seen in Chapter 15.  It is one of the first of the "lessons in living" that Mrs. Flowers imparts to Marguerite when Marguerite is sent to Stamps to live.  In this particular lesson, she is trying to get Marguerite to understand that people who lack formal education are not stupid.  She wants Marguerite to understand that many of them have simply not had the chances to get educated.

In the quote you are asking about, she is emphasizing that these uneducated people have a great deal of wisdom accumulated in their sayings.  This is one of her ways of saying that Marguerite should not look down on such people.

 

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