I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 32: Summary and Analysis

Maya Angelou

Chapter 32: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Bootsie: the acknowledged leader of the junkyard gang

Lee Arthur: the only boy who ran with the junkyard gang and lived at home

Juan: the gang member who gives Marguerite a black lace handkerchief

After she runs away from the neighbor’s home, Marguerite finds an abandoned car in which she sleeps that night. The next morning when she awakes, she sees a group of young faces peering in at her. The faces are those of a gang of young people who live in the junked cars. Marguerite lives with the gang for one month.

The month is not a bad one. Marguerite learns to drive, dance, and curse. In addition, she learns tolerance and develops some...

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