The Bond is Broken: Jamaica Kincaid accurately portrays how adolescence can strain mother- daughter The mother- daughter relationships are universal but “it is not clear why
we avoid the topic”(Gerd). The father- daughter relationships and the mother- sons
relationships are the issues mostly talked about. In Jamaica Kincaid’s novel, Annie John,
she explains and gives insight into mother- daughter relationships. In Annie John, there
are events that make people think about their relationship with their own mother.
Kincaid expresses this relationship through her main character Annie who tries to
find her own identity. The relationship between Annie and her mother (also called Annie)
was very strong and they do a lot of things together. By the time Annie turns twelve, she starts to go through some changes which many teenagers normally goes through. In order for Annie to mature and prepare for the world, Annie’s mother told her to find her own way of life. Due to these new changes, the relationship between Annie and her mother begins to degenerate. Annie now did things her mother disapproved of. At the end of the story, their relationship was okay but not as strong as it was before. After reading this book I saw that the main issue discussed in her novel, is all the stages mother- daughter relationships go through.
The mother- daughter relationships are intense relationships. This is a relationship most daughters have with their mother from birth. Both male and female children are attached to their mother from birth, but most male child quickly grows out of it. The daughter is so attached to the mother in a complex way in which the daughter does not have her own identity. The daughter experiences the world through her mother. In the novel, Annie did many things with her mother and look into the world through her mother.
With all this, Annie wouldn’...
Austin, Jacqueline. “Up from Eden.” Voice Literary Supplement. vol. 34. April
Bonetti, Kay. “An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid.” The Missouri Review/
Interview. 6 Dec. 2000.
David P. Lichtenstein. Ed. D. Jones, J.D. Jorgenson. Brief Biography of
Jamaica Kincaid. Vol. 59. Detroit: Gale, 1998
Felty, Darren. “Essay.” Novels for students. Gale. 1998: 35-38
Frances A. Nadeau. “The Mother/Daughter Relationship in Young Adult
Fiction.” Digital Library and Archives. 9 Dec. 2000: 1-4
Horst, Morst. “Cutting the Cord.” English 560: Final Essays. 5 Dec. 2000.
Kenney, Susan. “Paradise with Snake.” New York Times. 7 April 1985: sec.7.
6. 5 Dec. 2000.
Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 1985.
Louis F. Caton. “Romantic Struggles: The Bildungsroman and Mother-
Daughter Bonding in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John.” Melus. vol. 21, No.3.
Fall 1996. 125-42. Rpt. in Literature Resource Center.
Nagel, James. “Desperate Hopes, Desperate Lives: Depression and Self
Realization in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John and Lucy.” Traditions,
Voices, and Dreams: The American Novel Since the 1960s. Ed. Melvin J.
Friedman and Ben Siegel. U. of Delaware P, 1995, 237-53. Rpt. in Novels
for Students. vol. 3. Rpt. in Literature Resource Center.
Phyllis NCTU. “The Images in Annie John.” 4 May 2000. 10 Dec. 2000.
William M. Smith. “Annie’s Mother and “Mary”: Motherhood in Various
Literary Forms.” 26 July 1999. 15 Dec. 2000.