What is the theme of Anne of Green Gables?
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There are two major themes found in Anne of Green Gables. One is the conflict between imagination and social expectations. This is seen in Anne's struggle with daydreaming getting in the way of her everyday responsibilities and conflict with Marilla's very practical outlook on the world. A second theme is the battle between true emotions and sentimentality, made-up feelings that create a desired effect. Anne often uses sentimentality to distract her from dealing with the true emotions of dealing with her parents' death.
At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial that Marilla agrees to keep Anne...if Anne can keep out of trouble, only Anne has a positive genius for it. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables.
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