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Annie John

What details reveal the character of Annie’s mother? How has the relationship between mother and daughter changed...

Many details reveal the character of Annie’s mother. She names her only child “Annie,” her own name. She is beautiful and loving, vigilant and protective. Her young daughter, the narrator, idolizes...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 6:49 pm UTC

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Why does Annie think it is shameful for Sonia that her mother has died and left her alone in the world? 

In Chapter 1, Annie identifies herself through her mother. She sees the world through her mother's eyes and sees herself as the center of her mother's world. Therefore, she feels that Sonia will...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2007 9:09 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2007 7:00 am UTC

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What is the use for quotes for the book Annie John?

I assume you mean quotes that further the plot or provide insight.  Here are a couple to get you started:Ch 2:  ""I was sure I could never let those hands touch me again; I was...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2007 11:05 am UTC

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In Chapter 4 of  'Annie John', why does Annie steal things? Do you think she has any sense of guilt about her actions?

Kincaid has created a wonderful regional story in the tale of this young protagonist. However, beyond that, she provides readers with an in-depth look a typical teenage girl looking for her...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2008 3:41 am UTC

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How does Annie John relate vanity to her quest of identity ?

For most of her life, Annie's identity has been intimately bound up with the extraordinarily relationship she has with her mother. When she hits puberty and their relationship breaks down, she has...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 11:28 am UTC

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What was Annie John like?

Jamaica Kinkaid’s novel Annie John is a bildungsroman, a novel that tells the story of a protagonist’s development from childhood to adulthood. Consequently, its title character, Annie John,...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 12:04 pm UTC

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Consider how the social structures in Annie John affect the characters' personal lives. In what ways does Annie's...

It is an insightful observation to note that Annie’s relationship with her mother replicates the colonial domination that the book critiques. Consider how Annie’s mother communicated with her more...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020 4:35 pm UTC

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I have an essay about Annie John (approximatively 3 pages) and I have to answer to this question: How does AJ's...

Annie's relationship with her mother is arguably the most important relationship in the book. At the start of the story, Annie is as close to her mom as any child could be. The whole world revolves...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 10:17 am UTC

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What is Annie's journey throughout the story Annie John?

Annie John is a coming-of-age novel by Jamaica Kincaid that takes place on the Caribbean island of Antigua and follows the life journey of a young girl named Annie from pre-adolescence through...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 12:27 am UTC

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In Annie John, why does Annie begin to go to funerals? Why is she so eager to attend the funeral of the humpbacked girl?

Like many young people, Annie becomes obsessed with what she does not understand. She sneaks off to funerals to try to understand death and why it has to happen. The death of the humpbacked girl...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2007 9:36 am UTC

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How and why have conventional Western gender roles for women alienated Annie from herself and her home in Annie John?

In Annie John, Western gender roles for women play a significant role in shaping Annie’s development. In particular Annie feels disconnected from the gendered social expectations put on her, which...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 6:21 pm UTC

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Hello, could you help me with those two points please? 1) What are the differences and similarities in the...

Interesting question! The beginnings of Annie John and "The Yellow Wallpaper"are similar in that both narrators begin by describing an all-consuming fixation/obsession. The heroine of "The Yellow...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2018 4:48 pm UTC

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"I was sure that if the tables had been turned we would have acted differently." Do you believe that? Why does Annie...

No, I don't believe that, but I absolutely see why Annie would make this claim.  This claim refers to the idea that Africans would have acted differently if they had been in a position of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2008 12:54 am UTC

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What stereotypes about African-Antiguan girls and women is Annie resisting in Annie John? How do those stereotypes...

Annie resists the stereotype that African-Antiguan girls can be made to submit, that their connections to their culture can be controlled, and that they should be forced to conform to English...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2020 1:30 am UTC

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Explain why Annie is afraid of the dead. What reasons does she give for this particular emotion?

Annie is afraid of the dead because, as she says, "we never could tell when they might show up again." She says in the first chapter that everyone she knows is afraid of the dead for this very...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020 2:02 pm UTC

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