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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Reading Log #1

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Reading Log #1

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A reading log on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
A reading log on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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Published by: Eamon Barkhordarian on Mar 30, 2009
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Reading Log #1
““If you scream, I’m going to kill you. And if you tell, I’m going to kill Bailey.” Said Mr.
Freeman I could tell that he meant what he said…Then there was the pain. A breaking and entering when even the senses are torn apart. The act of rape on an eight-year-old body is a matter of the needle giving because the camel can’t. The child gives, because the body can, and the mind of the violator cannot.


– Chapter 12, page 78, paragraph 4

This section of the book was in chapter 12, and was a particularly disturbing scene. In this section of the chapter, Maya was raped by her step father, Mr. Freeman, and related in the book the fact that she was raped to a section of the bible (The act of rape on an eight-year-old body is a matter of the needle giving because the camel can’t). This segment was troubling because first of all, she was only an eight year old, and too young to understand what was really going on. Secondly, she was too sweet of a girl for such a horrible and awful thing to happen to her. The most obvious and important reason for this scene being so wrong was that her own stepfather was the one raping her. It was too sad that it was a member of her own family, and the fact that she was too young to understand what was going on means she’d keep the fact that she was being molested as a secret if Mr. Freeman asked for her to. As a result, no one would ever find out the horrible things that were happening to her. If you read the previous chapter as well, you would learn that this wasn’t the first time Mr. Freeman did something sexual with Maya. So you would expect these types of sexual actions would be coming a lot later in the book as well. Obviously this horrible act would take some sort of toll on Maya’s life, and if you do some research, you’ll learn that she couldn’t speak

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Eamon Barkhordarian 12/10/08

for five years after those events had occurred to her. But when I read these sections of the book after learning she wouldn’t speak for five years after she was raped, the question that really came to my mind was, “what was going on the inside of her and what was she thinking in her head for those five years she couldn’t speak?” If I had the opportunity, I would definitely ask her that question.

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