I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Chapter 26: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Daddy Clidell: a successful businessman who moves the family to San Francisco and becomes Marguerite’s stepfather

Chapter 26 describes Momma and Marguerite’s trip to and arrival in California. The chapter tells of the reunion of Vivian with her children and of the reunion of Grandmother Baxter with the children after their trip to San Francisco. The chapter also tells the story of Vivian Baxter’s shooting her business partner. It was while they were in California that World War II began and Mother married Daddy Clidell.

Vivian Baxter openly confronts and shoots her business partner because he has not been “shouldering his portion of the responsibility” and because he curses her. The violence and conflict that was a way of life in St. Louis have followed them to California.

Imagery helps the...

(The entire section is 275 words.)