Write four to six sentences describing Momma or Mrs. Flowers. In your analysis, include at least two personality traits of the person. Support your ideas about the individual’s personality traits with evidence from the text.
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Ms. Flowers is the "aristocrat" of black Stamps, she is a gracious woman who encourages Maya's love of literature, and also helps Maya to break out of her muteness. Maya regards her as the pinnacle of humankind. Maya finds Ms. Flowers a unique role model. She is a black woman who refuses to bend to the stereotypes placed upon black women at the time. Maya finds Ms. Flowers to be intelligent, self-aware, proud and sincere.
Ms. Flowers instills a sense of pride both in Maya and in her identity as a black African American woman. To Ms. Flowers, academics, afternoon tee and literature were not merely white past times. She showed Maya that intellectual and emotional enlightenment were her right as a human being.
Maya aspires to be like her one day. Like Ms. Flowers, Maya wants to hold her head high not simply as a black woman but a proud and intelligent human being.
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Momma is a strong, proud person who is not easily intimidated. She addresses Mrs. Flowers as an equal, even though Mrs. Flowers is clearly more refined and educated than she is. Sometimes Momma lacks an awareness of the feelings of those around her. Even though she clearly loves Marguerite and has conspired with Mrs. Flowers to help Marguerite speak again, Momma is not aware that Marguerite is embarrassed and Mrs. Flowers is uncomfortable when she makes Marguerite take her dress off.