Maybe you can even picture it, braided into pigtails, sticking out from underneath an unfortunate straw hat, as when Matthew first sets eyes on her. In the s, red hair was a symbol of witchiness, ugliness, passion. Anne wants nothing so much as to be rid of it. It will be my lifelong sorrow.
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Anne longs to be beautiful. Instead, in the novel, her hair mellows to the coveted auburn, and Matthew, in a moment of tremendous fatherly kindness, gives her a dress with puffed sleeves. Anne has survived for so long because she is more sophisticated than she initially seems.
For all her curiosity, imagination and education, Anne eventually arrives at the traditional ending: a husband, a family and all the attendant duties, the nonconforming woman who conforms. But the novels do not present this as either a great tragedy or a great victory. Instead, these choices look a lot like the fraught and difficult compromises of adulthood, in which you might put aside personal desires to care for your mother or modify your career goals to accommodate children.
She is a thoroughly modern girl. Montgomery herself. A high-spirited young woman, at odds with her caregivers, she nonetheless spent years caring for her aging grandmother, eventually marrying a depressive preacher while contending with her own mood disorder. What an end to a life in which I tried always to do my best in spite of many mistakes.
Remember — pine woods are just as real as pigsties and a darn sight pleasanter to be in. You can concede that shaking things up is the creatively fulfilling spirit in which to undertake an adaptation Say something new! We want dear tales to be as we recall them, even as we rely on memories formed when we understood less but could wonder more. I just add in the reality of her history.
And so in addition to drawing out the darkness embedded within the text, Walley-Beckett has also included lovely and entirely concocted moments that match the sweetness of the novel, like when Matthew and Marilla ask Anne to sign her name in the Cuthbert family Bible and make herself, officially, one of them.
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