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This thesis aims to explain the use of imagination, nature, need for human connection, and female independence in the character of Anne Shirley. She is the main character of one of children‘s literature most enduring novels, Anne of Green Gables. The novel‘s author, L.M. Montgomery created the character of Anne as a role model for young readers, mostly because the author herself did not grow up with any independent, female literary characters. As a result, Anne becomes the manifestation of the dreams that Montgomery did not manage to achieve in her own life. Anne is an orphan, yet she manages to escape that fact and earn a place with the Prince Edward Island community of Avonlea. Anne‘s adoption by the Cuthbert siblings leads to her forging real, human relationships, instead of relying on her imagination as she has done in her childhood. While Anne no longer has a need for her imagination as a way to escape her dark reality now that she belongs to a family, she still makes use of it. Mostly, it serves to strengthen her connection with nature. Anne is a representation of romanticism, so she stands out within the strictly practical 1900s society. However, Anne refuses to have her personality suppressed by behaving like everyone else. This ability of Anne‘s – to truly be herself, no matter what – ultimately serves as inspiration to the people closest to her. Anne manages to lure her adoptive parents, Matthew and Marilla, out of their repressed states by evoking their feelings of love. As she grows closer to them, they finally feel free to express their feelings and thus, live happier lives. Anne starts her life as an unwanted orphan – and a female one, at that – but by the novel‘s end, she has become essential to the Avonlea community.
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