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In the novel "Anne of Green Gables," is Mrs. Rachel Lynde an important character?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 19, 2008 at 5:44 AM (Answer #1)

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It's important to remember that authors have a reason for placing each their characters in their stories. In "Anne of Green Gables", the author must show the hardships and adjustments Anne must make in the town of Avonlea. She accomplishes part of this task by showing some of the people who are in conflict with Anne. One of those who cause a problem for Anne is Rachel Lynde, the town busybody. She is horrified at the prospect of an orphan living at Green Gables. Mrs. Lynde is Anne's harshest critic when Anne first arrives at Avonlea. However, Anne's true character comes to light when she saves Diana's sister's life, and Rachel Lynde decides to give Anne a chance. Although she never fully understands Anne or appreciates her unusual beauty, Mrs. Lynde eventually accepts the girl almost as one of her own children. Eventually they become good friends. Thus, Rachel Lynde is an example of one of the many people Anne wins over by showing her true character and, in some cases, bravery.

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