I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 3: Summary and Analysis

Maya Angelou

Chapter 3: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Mr. Steward: the former sheriff

In Chapter 3 Marguerite reveals her pleasure in working in the Store, always written with a capital S. Marguerite also describes the visit of Mr. Steward, the past sheriff of Stamps, to warn Uncle Willie to “lay low tonight.” Mr. Steward explains that some of the “boys” will be visiting because “a crazy nigger messed with a white lady today.” Marguerite tells how they conceal Uncle Willie in the vegetable bins in the Store and how he moans all through the night.

Conflicts are an important part of Chapter 3. Character-against-society conflict is apparent with the visit from Mr. Steward to tell...

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