Annie Hall

Annie Hall

    Annie Hall
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… in a small town in Wisconsin called Chippewa Falls. She lived a pretty sheltered life with her WASPy family. Although she is no longer living in the Midwest, she still holds on to her small-town expressions like “La-di-da, la-di-da.”

Living… in the 1970s on the crowded island of Manhattan with Alvy Singer, a comedian she met at her tennis club. Alvy, an anxious and cynical intellectual, is the polar opposite of the playful Annie. Their book collection in their apartment sums up their differences the best: his books all have death in the title, and hers are poetry books.

Profession… aspiring singer. Annie spends her evenings singing at nightclubs. She brought the house down recently with her bluesy rendition of “Seems Like Old Times.” 

Interests… tennis, photography, and smoking the occasional joint. Since she met Alvy, she has started taking a class in “Existential motifs in Russian literature.” Alvy has also encouraged her to take up therapy, where she talks about everything from their sex life to her own insecurities.

Relationship Status… complicated. Annie’s and Alvy’s relationship is an example of the old adage that opposites attract. The good news is that they have benefited in many ways from each other – with Alvy becoming more fun loving around Annie and with Annie broadening her intellectual pursuits. But the bad news is that their differences in personality and family backgrounds are starting to take a toll on their relationship. It didn’t help that Alvy dressed up as a Hassidic Jew (even though he’s not) when he went to visit Annie’s blue-blood family in the Midwest.

Challenge… following her dreams of becoming a singer. As Annie begins to get attention from music industry executives (particularly a successful and handsome one named Tony Lacy), Alvy becomes jealous and controlling over Annie. This may be the last straw to break them up. As Alvy admits, “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”

Personality… quirky, bubbly, and free-spirited.Annie is definitely her own person – even with the menswear clothing she wears. Although she starts off being a bit insecure when she first moves to Manhattan, Annie ends up thriving in the Big Apple. With Alvy’s guidance, she becomes blossoms into a more confident and cultured woman. Though she never loses her quirks that make her so charming in the first place. 


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