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Alexandra Pearson Mrs Bishop English I Pd 5B6 March 2014Growing Up and Separation Rebellion in Annie JohnIn The Hunger Games when Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark eat the poisonous berries at the end of the games they rebel against the games and challenge the authority of the leaders in the Capitol This process is necessary for Peeta and Katniss because they learn how to assert themselves and rebel against authority as part of the process of growing up Jamaica Kincaid an Antiguan native who moved to London as a teenager to escape her country and family uses the same theme of rebellion in Annie John Annie rebels to disobey her mother in order to leave her shadows and become her own person While Annie never thinks to rebel she later does it to shape her identityThe inseparable innocent bond between Annie and her mother shows that Annie would not rebel because she does not know how to do so Annies mother and Annie go to town do the laundry and make the beds together daily while Annie watches and looks up to her mother Because of their close bond Annie and her mother often take a bath together 14 Kincaid uses the bath to symbolize the innocence in Annie and her mothers relationship The closeness and comfort in their relationship is still present revealing that not only is their bond physical but also emotional so Annie navely believes that their relationship will always be this way However Annie learns that this belief is unrealistic when her mother begins to turn her back on her After Annie receives a certificate in school she rushes home to show it to her mom because she believes with this prize she would reconquer her mother 30 Kincaid uses the certificate to represent the strong yearning Annie has to impress her mother Annie believes that through her actions she regain the prize of her mothers approval because she thinks that
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