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help change and mold her daughter, Maya. Ms. Angelou refers to long ago situations with such striking detail that it is evident her mother played an essential role in her life. The author calls her parent "Mother Dear" in a respectful, not condescending, tone. Additionally, Angelou capitalizes "Mother" in this autobiography, while "father" remains in lowercase. The reader concludes that, purposefully or not, the character Vivian Baxter played an important role in Maya Angelou's life.