I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

the memoir opens with a provocative refrain: "what you looking at me for? i didn't come to stay.." what do you think this passage says about ritie's sense oh herslef? how does she feel about her place in the world? how does she keep her identity intact

in the first chapter of the book

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We can say she is very sensitive about people noticing here but she also does not want to stay in one place very long - she is always moving. She is obviously uncomfortable and keeps her identity in tact by being her own person.