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    Ibn Fraj Bilel

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    2nd Semester_Annie John_tone and point of view

    Post by Ibn Fraj Bilel on Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:46 pm

    The novel is successful because the elements that make up the narrative support its themes.
    These elements consists of the point of view ( or voice ) and language, the tone, the time and place of setting, characters, the plot structure and imagery and symbols.
    Let's deal with the two first elements which are the point of view and the tone:
    1/ The author has adopted a first person point of view.
    Annie's mature voice narrates vivid, poetic descriptions of key episodes in her early life, with little dialogue or background explanation of time or place.
    The story is told from her point of view, describing events and feelings as she perrceived them at the time.
    The reader is immediately situated within the consciousness of the young girl, but the language is complex, eloquent and evocative one of the adult writer.
    2/ The second element of the novel's structure, closely related to voice, is tone, which can range from comic to serious.
    The tone of this novel, in keeping with the child's point of view, is simple yet also very evocative and vivid.
    It is honest and direct but also quite suggestive.
    The novel seems to hint psychological depths and mysteries that cannot be articulated, that circle around the descriptions of events and thoughts. The effect is somewhat dreamlik, as though actions are being filtered through her consciousness long after the events took place.


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    Ibn Fraj Bilel

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    Point of view

    Post by Ibn Fraj Bilel on Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:48 pm

    The first person ("I") retrospective narrative is constructed with episodes. The prime person in Annie John is, of course, Annie.
    Therefore, the Antigua shown the reader is that which is filtered through Annie. There are eight episodes highlighted in the chapter headings. During each episode more information is given about Annie. The timeline jumps but there is a steady progression from Annie as a young girl to her departure from home as a young woman.
    This narrative, however, is ironic because an adult Annie establishes the reality of the story as if it was the perspective of little Annie. In other words, Annie knows her own story's outcome but tries not to reveal this.

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