I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 1: Summary and Analysis

Maya Angelou

Chapter 1: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Bailey Johnson, Jr.: Marguerite’s four-year-old brother

Mrs. Annie Henderson: Marguerite’s grandmother and a resident of Stamps, Arkansas

Chapter 1 tells of the arrival of Marguerite and Bailey at their grandmother’s after their parents’ divorce. Marguerite describes in detail the setting of Stamps, Arkansas, and specifically the Wm. Johnson General Merchandise Store. Through her eyes the reader sees the activities in the Store each day.

Since Marguerite is only three-years-old when the story begins, the reader knows that the narrator is remembering the events of an earlier time. Marguerite is a round character, one...

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