Interpretations of Anne
The story of Anne of Green Gables has been shared and loved by a diverse group of men, women, adults, children, from coast to coast around the world. It isn’t an overstatement to say that Anne is universally adored. Even esteemed writers and authors sing their praises about Anne. One author in particular has kept the story of Anne close to her heart. Margaret Atwood, the famous Canadian novelist who wrote classics like The Handmaids Tale and The Cat’s eye has expressed many times how much she loves Anne. She read the novels as a child and introduced them to her daughter when she was Anne’s age. It would not be a far stretch to say that Atwood was inspired to write strong female characters after being introduced to our beloved head-strong Anne.
Atwood took her love for Anne to another level when she analyzed her interpretation of the story. The story is often interpreted as the story of Anne’s transformation while also staying true to herself. Atwood offers a new perspective; she believes the hidden story is actually about the transition of Marilla Cuthbert. The evolution of the character of Marilla Cuthbert is probably the most significant in the story. She starts as a cold spinster who does not show any compassion. But with the injection of Anne, Marilla slowly transitions into a loving, caring, maternal figure. “Anne is the catalyst,” wrote Atwood, “who allows the crisp, rigid Marilla to finally express her long-buried softer human emotions.”
You can read more about Margaret Atwood’s view on Anne of Green Gables here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/mar/29/fiction.margaretatwood
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