Bailey and Maya’s mother is a beautiful light-skinned black woman who, according to Marguerite, looks just like a movie star. She is no longer with the children’s father, and dates other men over the course of the book (one of whom, Mr. Freeman, rapes Marguerite). Vivien, though a frequently absent mother, is full of life and joy and cares deeply for her children.
Mother (Vivien Baxter) Quotes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quotes below are all either spoken by Mother (Vivien Baxter) or refer to Mother (Vivien Baxter). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Books edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1993.).
Chapter 17 Quotes
I laughed because, except that she was white, the big movie star looked just like my mother…and it was funny to think of the whitefolks’ not knowing that.
Mother (Vivien Baxter) Character Timeline in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The timeline below shows where the character Mother (Vivien Baxter) appears in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...sentence even starts he is found beaten to death outside town. It is likely that Vivien’s brothers killed him. Meanwhile, Vivien also decides that Marguerite and Bailey would be better off... (full context)
...Big Bailey. Dolores accuses her of eavesdropping. The argument escalates until Dolores ends up calling Vivien a whore, which sends Marguerite into a rage. She slaps her and tackles Dolores. They... (full context)
...a teenage girl, becomes interested in sex and sexuality. One night she confesses to her mother—with great difficulty—that she believes something is “growing” on her vagina. She explains what she’s noticed,... (full context)
...from everyone, though she avoids lying outright about it. Though her body is changing, her mother asks her no questions, seemingly unaware of Maya’s more feminine figure. Maya suddenly finds school... (full context)