The Struggle In Annie Mcbride's Writings

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The only way Annie found she could concentrate in class is if she were drawing; she states, “During classes all morning, I drew.” Drawing helped relieve some of her tension and anxiety. Annie would draw all over her books, in any whitespace she could find and, in a way, it annoyed her that she did it so compulsively. Annie’s teachers even tolerated her passion for art; one teacher, Miss McBride let her paint in the back of the classroom. As school ended, she began to realize that there is another world outside of her classroom, a world she glimpsed in the poetry she began reading. Annie would leave for Hollins College soon, and imagined herself like the moth her teacher had released into the world, crawling, and not flying, out of the school.

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