What is a similar theme between Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and The Secret Garden by F.H. Burnett? 

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There are several similar themes that Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden share.  They both explore the themes of family in similar ways.  Both Anne from Anne of Green Gables and Mary of The Secret Garden are orphans who move to a new home.  Anne is adopted by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, while Mary ("a disagreeable little girl... [who is] lonely") moves to England to live with an uncle who she has never met.  Both girls struggle to feel at home with their new families.  Their adjustments do not come easy.  Marilla is slow to accept Anne and Mary is apprehensive about her absent uncle and contrary cousin.  Both girls come to love their new homes and families and find happiness.

Friendship is also explored.  Anne and Mary are both friendless when they arrive at their new homes.  Anne meets Diana, who becomes her "bosom friend--an intimate friend... a really kindred spirit to whom [she] can confide [her] inmost soul."  Mary becomes close friends with Dickon, and also with her cousin.  

Nature is also a theme throughout both novels.  The Secret Garden centers around the walled garden that the children discover.  Anne of Green Gables is filled with Anne's observations and appreciation of nature throughout all the seasons.

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