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Annie John | Study Guide

Jamaica Kincaid

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Annie John | Characters

Character Description
Annie John Annie John is a spirited teenager who bucks authority to form her own identity. Read More
Mother Mother follows traditional gender roles and expects her daughter to do the same. Read More
Father Father is a carpenter who works hard to support his wife and daughter. Read More
Gweneth Joseph Gweneth Joseph, "Gwen," is Annie's best friend at school, with whom she shares almost all her secrets. Read More
The Red Girl The Red Girl is a dirty local child whom Annie secretly befriends despite her mother's objections. Read More
Ma Chess Ma Chess is Annie's grandmother who arrives from Dominica when Annie is ill to help nurse the girl back to health using traditional medicine.
Pa Chess Pa Chess is Annie's grandfather, whose wife stops speaking to him after their son, Annie's uncle, dies.
Mr. Earl Mr. Earl is a neighbor of Annie John and her family; he shares a wife with Mr. Nigel.
Miss Edward Miss Edward is the schoolteacher who revokes Annie's position as prefect after catching her defacing a picture of Christopher Columbus.
Hilarene Hilarene is second in class behind Annie.
Ma Jolie Ma Jolie is the village obeah, or medicine woman.
Mineu Mineu is a boy who bullied Annie as a child and who almost hung himself once while they were playing together.
Nalda Nalda is the first child Annie knows that dies. Mother tends to Nalda's body when her own mother is too overcome with grief to do so.
Miss Nelson Miss Nelson is Annie's first schoolteacher who assigns the essay by which Annie first proves herself to be an excellent student.
Mr. Nigel Mr. Nigel is a neighbor of Annie John and her family; he shares a wife with Mr. Earl.
Mr. Oatie Mr. Oatie is Father's work partner who always seems to be making mistakes.
Sonia Sonia is the school dunce whom Annie befriends until learning that the girl's mother died in childbirth.
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