Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery is the beloved classic about a young orphan girl growing up on Prince Edward Island, Canada in the late 1800s. Anne is vivacious and verbose, much to the surprise of most of the more traditional residents of the small village of Avonlea. This coming of age story is one that students have enjoyed reading for over a century and we can bet they will continue for a hundred more.
There are many literary elements to enrich the story of Anne of Green Gables. Students can track themes, symbols, motifs and foreshadowing as they encounter them in the novel and create a storyboard with illustrations and descriptions that cite evidence from the text.
LOVE AND FAMILY
ANNE'S RED HAIR
"You mean, hateful boy! How dare you!"
The themes of love and family are woven throughout. As an orphan, Anne has never known a loving and stable home. While elderly brother and sister Matthew and Marilla are not the typical parents, they prove that families can come in many different shapes and sizes. Through them, Anne receives the love and support she's been longing for.
Anne's window faces a beautiful blossoming cherry tree and when she arrives she marvels at its splendor naming it "The Snow Queen". The window serves as a "window" into Anne's vivid imagination. It is also a symbol of her connection and friendship with Diana, as she and Diana use candles in it to communicate from afar.
Anne does not consider red hair to be an asset and is very sensitive about it. As wrong as she may be (red hair is beautiful!), she is preoccupied with it for much of the beginning. She even inadvertently dyes it green. Gilbert Blythe teases her with the nickname Carrots, to which she takes great offense. This is the beginning of their rivalry.