The Question and Answer section for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Maya seems to have been an imaginative child, as she envisions her "head [bursting] like a dropped watermelon" from trying to hold her bladder. She imagines a life as a movie star except she is a white blonde movie star. Maya has internalized...
What chapter are you referring to? In chapter 22, he insisted his wife wants to have children to work in the church. Of course , this makes no sense because his wife is dead.
Maya establishes the theme of race in the introduction. As a child she wishes to be a movie star with white skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. Maya has internalized the racism narrative in her own mind.