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In Anne of Green Gables, what are three ways that Anne changes from the time she arrives at Green Gables to the end of the novel?

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:27 AM (Answer #1)

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1.  Anne recognizes her own self-worth, especially toward the end of Anne of Green Gables. As an orphan who is moved from home to home, Anne begins to see herself as undesirable.  This is why she is so adamant about the spelling of her name, the desire to look different than she does, and her need to escape into her imagination.  At the end of the novel, she recognizes how she has had a positive impact on Marilla and Matthew, and that she can use her intelligence to go forward in life.

2. Anne also learns to balance her imagination with reality (somewhat).  Although she is still a dreamer by the end of the novel, she has no need to make up imaginary friends and has taken on some of Marilla's practicality (even though she is still mainly a romantic).  Evidence of this change in Anne is her willingness to admit to most of her wrongs and her recognition that she can use her book smarts to make herself and others proud.

3. Finally, Anne realizes--mainly through Marilla--that while it is good to be outspoken, she cannot simply go around saying whatever she wants.  Marilla, by example, demonstrates that even though someone might annoy her, it is not always necessary to tell that person (as in the case of Rachel Lynde). Similarly, Matthew's quiet placidity serves as a subtle example to Anne that even though someone is quiet, he can have a significant influence on others.

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