In Bernard Rodgers’ criticism of Jamaica Kincaid’s novel, Annie John, he points out the relationship Annie had with her mother growing up. He mentions how in the beginning, Annie loved being with her mother and doing things with her like taking baths, shopping, cooking, and just following her around and observing the things she did all day (Rodgers). Also, Rodgers reveals the change that took place in the relationship between Annie and her mother when she became an adolescent, around the age of twelve. His evaluation of this novel relates to the theme of mother-daughter relationships.
Annie first noticed a change in the way she was treated by her mother when she turned twelve years old. While she and her mother were out buying fabric for a new dress, she wanted to get the same fabric as her mother, like always. However, this time, Annie’s mother suggested that they get different fabrics and told her, “You just cannot go around the rest of your life looking like a little me”(Rodgers). Annie saw that since she was growing up, that her mother was trying to make her more independent, and she did not like this. Therefore, Annie asked her father to make clamps for her to wear so that she would stop growing (Rodgers).
Rodgers pointed out how this change in Annie’s life led to an attitude change in her. She began losing interest in the things she had always done, like piano lessons and manners. This made Annie’s mother look at her with disgust and disapproval (Rodgers). Annie began looking back at her mother with disgust, especially after catching her mother and father in bed together one day after school. As a result of this, Annie felt that her parents no longer had as much love for her as they did for each other, and she turned all her attention to school and friends.
When she met the Red Girl, she began participating in activities that her mother did not approve of, so she would lie to her mother about it. She even stole money from her parents...
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