I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

How does Marguerite handle her pregnancy ? How do Vivian and Daddy Clidell respond when they hear the news ?


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Maya is convinced that the world has ended; she is guilty about being pregnant, and loathes herself for what she has done. She writes Bailey and tells him, and he advises her not to tell her mother; she will finish high school, and then figure out how to deal with it. Her mother is too busy to notice that she is pregnant, which is good for Maya. Maya becomes interested in school again; she graduates, and then leaves her mother andDaddy Clidell a note saying that she has messed up, and is pregnant.

Daddy Clidell and her mother are supportive; they take care of Maya, and she has the baby and continues to live with them.  Although Maya regards the pregnancy as distinctly negative before she tells her parents, afterward, it clearly becomes a "blessed event"; Maya is redeemed and cleansed through her child, and indeed the baby's birth represents a kind of rebirth for Maya.