Imagination is a companion that will always be there to ease up moments of despair in life. It gives hope that one day the possessions that the heart desires will be there not too far from reach, or to believe the cruel circumstances life brings upon us are instead moments of joy. L.M Montgomery demonstrates this skilfully in her work; Anne of Green Gables. The novel is about a lonely orphaned girl whose only friend is her imagination. Due to her imagination and the support of her new loving family, she grows into a bright and intelligent young woman who realizes the potential that life has for her and her tremendously creative mind. The experiences and expectations that are placed on the character of Anne show how she later on gains an identity. Anne Shirley starts appreciating life more after her arrival at the Green Gables, since the realization dawns upon her that all events that occur in life are what help her bloom into the young woman she is now.
Experiences of an orphaned child are never pleasant and Anne has it no different. Being only three months old when both parents die due to a fever is devastating on a child on its own, but being reminded constantly is what makes bearing that pain even harder. Before Anne’s arrival at the Green Gables her attitude towards the problems life threw at her was always pessimistic, causing her self-esteem to be at the lowest level possible. “You see, nobody wanted me even then. It seems to be my fate.” (Montgomery 52) this quote shows exactly how Anne perceived her life as; that she is meant not to be loved. This also leads on during the first few months of Anne’s arrival at the Green Gables, and is seen at its peak at two major occasions. F...
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...e realizes that those experiences are what shaped her into the young women she is now. All those years of convincing herself that her appearance is the reason why people tend to hate her and push her away, suddenly come crashing down on her when she realizes that looks are merely part of what makes her unique. Also the high expectations that society places on women makes it hard for a young girl to grow on her own, especially if she has a mindset of her own. However, Anne uses that for her own benefit by creating barriers into opportunities. Lastly, Anne Shirley does not only make herself proud with the identity created by working hard day and night, but also to make all the people in her life proud as well. “Aren’t you proud of that Anne-girl? I am” (Montgomery 329)
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1998. Print.
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