I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 4: Summary and Analysis

Maya Angelou

Chapter 4: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Mr. McElroy: lives in the big rambling house next to the Store

Summary
Marguerite presents a portrait of Mr. McElroy, who lives next to the Store and sells patent medicines. She also discusses her relationship with Bailey, who was the greatest person in the world and her protector when adults said unkind things to her. Marguerite depicts two customs of Stamps: canning and curing, and the delicious meals from the smokehouse, the shelves, and the garden. An important part of the chapter is the description of segregation in Stamps; in fact, the segregation is so complete that in the 1930s “most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.” Marguerite...

(The entire section is 408 words.)