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What did Anne say was good about herself?  In "Anne of Green Gables"

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swurquhart | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:00 PM via web

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What did Anne say was good about herself?


In "Anne of Green Gables"

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 6, 2009 at 1:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Anne had the gift to be able to see the "good side" of people and even become "a kindred spirit" to the least likely candidates. For instance, at the beginning of the story she soon wins over crusty-hearted (but tender on the inside) Marilla Cuthbert, who first wants to give her back to the orphanage because she isn't a boy. Another character "hard to get" is Rachael Lynde, but Anne even manages to do this in the end.

Today we would say that Anne possessed great "social skills," but although she is influential upon others she is not manipulative (using others to serve her own ends). Anne's winsome ways are truly one of her most outstanding character traits, which goes along with being able to put herself in other people's shoes before passing judgement.

Another thing Anne realizes about herself is that she thrives upon her rich imagination. She can endure present hardships by reading, reciting poetry or just thinking positively about more favourable situations.  She transcends the ordinary with her mind, and she transmits this zest for life to others.

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