Study Guide

Miss Nelson in Annie John

By Jamaica Kincaid

Miss Nelson

Annie's first homeroom teacher at her new school. Impressed with Annie's intelligence, Miss Nelson showers her with praise for her "autobiographical essay," earning Annie a boatload of new girl friends and admirers of her intellect.

Some critics have noted the colonial connection between Miss Nelson's name and the name of the famous British colonizer, Admiral Horatio Nelson, who "sailed to Antigua and founded Great Britain's most famous Caribbean base."

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