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Jamaica Kincaid

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Annie John, Chapter 3 he wasn’t paying any attention to me, for she didn’t know that I had missed her. Sources: BBC,, New York Times Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Snake Symbolizes how Annie’s mother deceives Annie to make her confess Black Signifies deception and the depression that takes over Annie Trunk Represents Annie’s identity independent of her mother Symbols Annie’s friend; follows all the rules and hopes to become a wife and homemaker Gweneth Joseph Dirty, undisciplined, rebellious girl; Annie’s secret friend and crush The Red Girl Annie’s gorgeous, doting mother; pushes Annie toward independence when she reaches puberty Mother Strong-willed girl forced to mature quickly after her mother's apparent rejection Annie John Main Characters Kincaid borrows from her Caribbean childhood to write her highly personal novels. Raised in Antigua during British colonial rule, Kincaid writes forcefully about Caribbean life, the clash between British colonialism and local Antiguan culture, and the heartbreaking loss of her relationship with her mother. JAMAICA KINCAIDBORN 1949 Author As Annie matures, she learns what it means to be an individual. Coming-of-Age Life under British rule complicates Annie’s sense of culture and identity. Colonialism The spirited Annie John has an idyllic childhood on the paradise island of Antigua, inseparable from her doting mother. When Annie turns 12, her mother pushes her away. Sad and embittered, Annie questions her identity and has to grow up as she seeks independence off the island. Growing Up in Colonial Antigua THEMES When her mother distances herself, Annie must figure out life without her. Motherhood English Original Language 1985 Year Published Jamaica Kincaid Author Annie John Fiction Novel

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