bildungsroman, Caribbean novel


Annie John

Point Of View

First person


It varies according to the age of Annie John. As a child, the language and imagery is very rich. As she ages, the tone grows more serious while also having more comic touches.


Past tense


Annie John

Major Conflict

Separation from mother and definition of self

Rising Action

Annie's fear of separation from her family Annie's viewing of her parents as a sexual unit Annie's rebelliousness and insolence against her mother Annie's friendship with Gwen and the Red Girl.


Annie John has a breakdown as a result of the confrontation with her mother and her need to finally become a separate self.

Falling Action

Annie recovers and recognizes herself as a separate person. She leaves Antigua to study in England.


Annie's essay about separating from her mother; Annie's feeling of a black ball of sadness inside her