In Annie John, if Annie loves Sonia, why does she feel compelled to make her suffer? 

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Annie John is a bildungsroman, a coming of age story.  The narrator, Annie, is an adult who is explaining how she established her own identity.  As all children do, the child Annie hit a point when she was testing the control she had over other people.  Her desire to make Sonia suffer is a desire to test her own abilities to control the emotions of others.  Annie doesn't do because she wants Sonia to hurt; she does it because she is trying to understand her own place in the world.