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    2nd Semester_Annie and Death

    Post by safa on Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:44 am

    queen king Annie obsesses over death in her opening chapter and initially, the idea of death portends the possibility of separation that Annie fears. As the novel continues, the idea of death reappears amongst the tombstones upon which Annie and her classmates usually sit during recess. These tombstones belong to old white people, meaning former colonial slave owners, who once governed Antigua. The young Antiguan girls now sit on the tombstones and sing dirty songs or show each other their body parts while making inappropriate comments. Here the image of death is placed next to the idea of life and seriousness of these old men's death seems joked upon by the fact that barely teenage girls are primping on their graves. The constant return of the girls and the narrative to the tombstone area testifies to Kincaid's ironic commentary upon the history that these colonial masters represent.
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    Re: 2nd Semester_Annie and Death

    Post by safa on Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:48 am

    Antigua was colonized by the British until 1967 and remained a commonwealth in 1981. As Annie John takes place in the 1950s, it remains in the colonial period. Kincaid explores the colonial relationship particularly through her discussion of the school that Annie attends. It is run as a British institution and all the materials taught in the school deal with English literature, history, and culture. The girls dress in a formal British style and they are discouraged from engaging in local activities, such as calypso dancing in the playground. Annie's musing on the failure of the school to discuss the negative history of slavery and her delight in the imprisonment of Columbus highlight the ways in which the school teaches the students not to question the history and social order that is being handed down to them. Annie excels in her school, which shows that she has learned all of the skills necessary to prove her intellectual and social worth in the colonial world. However, her spunky behavior behind the teachers' backs shows that her feisty Antiguan spirit still thrives within
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    Post by Admin on Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:50 am

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    Re: 2nd Semester_Annie and Death

    Post by safa on Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:53 am

    thank you too
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    Hi!!!!

    Post by Rahma Sboui Gueddah on Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:05 am

    Hi Safa, welcome to the forum.We are lookin' forward your posts.Keep on doin' so. cheers bounce


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