Anne of Green Gables a Girl Essay

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Manjarrez 1 Jose Gilberto Manjarrez Vega Dr. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra English 224 November 27, 2013 Anne of Green Gables: A Feminist Book In children’s literature, the hero is constructed by its gender. People have the assumption that if the protagonist of the book is a boy, it is considered a boy’s book and if the protagonist is a girl, the book is targeted for girls. Anne of Green Gables, the novel about an orphan girl, not only contains girl’s book characteristics such as domestic settings, interests and female role models; but it could also be considered feminist. The author Lucy Montgomery uses Anne as an ideal ‘image’ of how society should see women. Montgomery goes against some of the 1900’s society beliefs on women and she seems to try to inspire the reader to be a woman like Anne. Even though the novel goes against society beliefs on women, in the end she preserves the most important values in women such as family, responsibility and home. To understand why Anne of Green Gables is a feminist novel, it is essential to look at the time when the novel was written. Montgomery published the book in 1908 and as Robinson explains in her essay: Negotiation in Nineteenth-Century Popular Girls' Stories, that time was “a historical period riven with contradictory messages about the role of women” (115). In the book Framing Our Past: Constructing Canadian Women's History in the Twentieth Century, the authors establish “Women were not treated as equally as man and they had no rights until 1918. (Cook, McLean, O’Rourke xxvi). Society at that time believed that men were the working gender and women should stay at home, cook and take care of the male. This is clearly seen in Manjarrez 2 the novel when Marilla expresses her disappointment when she first meet Anne: “We want a boy to help Matthew in the farm. A girl would be of no use to us” (Montgomery 28). In other

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