Anne of Green Gables


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  • Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was written for all ages, however it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century.
  • It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old imaginative, talkative, red-headed orphan girl who is very sensitive and very insecure about her appearance, especially the red colour of her hair. She exhibits a interest in nature, words, poetry, beauty and anything romantic.
  • So, what occurs in the novel, is that, a pair of adult siblings named Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who live a very quiet life on a farm called Green Gables in a town named Avonlea, decide to adopt a boy from an orphanage. And they’re not doing it because they’re lonely or want to experience parenting a child but because they just want someone who can help Matthew with farm chores, since he’s getting older.
  • The Cuthberts ask a woman who is already travelling to the orphanage, to pick up a boy for them. But the message somehow gets to her differently, and the woman leaves a girl to meet Matthew at the train station.
  • At first, the Cuthberts are shocked and plan on returning her to the orphanage, but with time Anne wins Matthew and Marilla over with her innocence, uniqueness, emotional poetic speeches, and especially her very brutal history, where she was treated as an unpaid servant and babysitter in unstable homes.
  • After a rough start, she becomes a part of community. Anne makes a best friend named Diana Barry, who she calls her bosom friend and is also her neighbor. And also makes an enemy, Gilbert Blythe, a boy in her class, who makes fun of her hair.
  • No matter how much she tries, Anne just can’t keep herself away from getting in trouble. She makes many mistakes like intoxicating Diana with wine she mistaken for raspberry juice and dying her hair green.
  • Anne does well in school too, mostly because she competes with Gilbert. When she’s 15 she has to board in another town for teaching school, and she graduates there with a scholarship. And Marilla and Matthew are very proud of her.
  • However, her happiness, doesn’t last long, because one of her loved ones passes away, and a reason to sell Green Gable’s comes up.
  • What Anne does is on you to find out, and you’ll just have to read the book in order to do that.

One Reply to “Anne of Green Gables”

  1. Although I haven’t read the whole book, my goal is to someday read the whole thing with my daughter. Obviously that will have to wait until she is much older. Anne has some sentimental value with all the girls/women in my family as it is my grandma’s favourite book. We went to PEI to celebrate my Grandma’s 80th birthday in August of 2014 and it was incredible. We went with all of my female cousins and my aunts and renting a big house on the coastline. I would love to go back to PEI as it is truly a beautiful place.


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