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.


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