Annie John

             The dictionary defines a quest as “The act or an instance of seeking or pursuing something.” In the book Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid, I find Annie John is on a quest. A quest for her “Morality and Sexuality.”
             In the opening scene, Annie sees people dressed in black in the far distance. She asks her mother what it is. Her mother tells her it is a funeral of a young child. Annie replied, “Until then, I had not known children could die.” This is the first time I see that she is afraid of death and she sees that it is connected to the things she loves.
             Annie is also on a quest for knowledge. She constantly asks her mother questions about the world and life itself. Throughout the book I found that she struggles with her family. And as she gets older she disobeys her mother. I feel that she deals with the issues we all deal with.
             She tried to figure out what happened between her and her mother but she is successful. Annie is an individual who is suffering from depression and teenage anxiety. Even though their relationship dwindles, we still see that they still love each other.
             Annie lives by visualization. Her dreams seem so real. Her everyday life is so challenging. When people talk to her she visualizes a picture in her head. When her mother told her the story of the beach incident she visualized the waves crashing on the rocks. Even though she is very smart, she always wants to get the most out of life. But we never know why she builds so much hatred against her life.
             By the time Annie is thirteen, everything she knows suddenly changes. She does not know how to go through transitions which makes her live much more delicate. Sometimes people do not complete their quest.

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