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ENGB35 Feb. 25, 2013 Romantic ICR Comparison with Little Women  Anne is sent to school, participates in society  Less emphasis on class – though the nationalism of Canada could kind of of count as this. (―We want a Canadian child.‖  Mrs. March = mother while Marilla = distanced o Marilla‘s innate motherness is released by Anne  Domesticity = being a busybody (Mrs. Lynde) o Anne clashes with her so we are set up to dislike her and domesticity by extension  Anne does not fight domesticity (unlike Jo) as it is not forced on her o The book is not a plot of disciplining Anne into domesticity o Jo undergoes a journey into domesticity, Anne des not  Little Women = family unit, Anne does not have that (orphan) o Orphan – loneliness o Desperate need for March family had (family, acceptance etc.) o Contrasted with Treasure Island: boy needs to be independent in order to succeed. Femininity needs social ties.  There is a lack of moralizing o Marilla actually gives up trying moralise Anne o Not even the minister‘s wife is moralistic  Anne does not conform – she is a better person by not conforming Marilla Marilla‘s view on Anne changed from: ‗we can help her‘ to ‗we needed her‘  The child improves the adult  Like in Treasure Island, the child saves the day In a way though, it‘s a kind of mutual salvation – Anne is saved from a life of poverty and exploitation.  The Cuthberts did not set out to ‗save‘ a child or adopt them. They needed a child from a business standpoint.  This is unlike the musical Annie, where a child is adopted to become a member of the family. ENGB35 Feb. 25, 2013 Pity was suddenly stirring in her heart for the child. What a starved, unloved life she had had--a life of drudgery and poverty and neglect; for Marilla was shrewd enough to read between the lines of Anne's history and divine the truth. No wonder she had been so delighted at the prospect of a real home. It was a pity she had to be sent back.  Free indirect discourse  Marilla acknowledges that Anne is a child  Her mindset shifts from ‗Keep Matthew happy‘ to Marilla‘s own thoughts  Anne‘s position is aided by the fact that she is actually a child from a good background and she‘s a girl Post-Romanticism Mark Twain and other men in position of power (governor-general etc.) liked the concept of Anne because it was that post-romanticism idea of an innocent child. Men treated girls as symbols of this because they were such pure creatures and this led to young girls being seen as images of childish perfection by older men.  Children‘s literature is for consoling adults Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well- conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.  Avonlea is a place of decorum/uniformity  Like the brook, people are different behind their conformity, have hidden depths  This quote sets Mrs. Lynde up in a position of power, in a sort of light-hearted way. She is so important in the community that she even controls nature, apparently.  This passage is laid out as if Anne had been the one to say it, in her uninterrupted way of speaking o Anne talks constantly, narrative kind of switched over to Anne midway through book.  Clash between culture/nature ENGB35 Feb. 25, 2013 Marilla opened her lips to say she knew not what of apology or deprecation. What she did say was a surprise to herself then and ever afterwards. ―You shouldn‘t have twitted her about her looks, Rachel.‖ ―Just imagine how you would feel if somebody told you to your face that you were skinny and ugly,‖ pleaded Anne tearfully. An old remembrance suddenly rose up before Marilla. She had been a very small child when she had heard one aunt say of her to another, ―What a pity she is such a dark, homely little thing.‖ Marilla was every day of fifty before the sting had
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