The thought provoking “Anne of Green Gables”

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Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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This movie takes the viewer back to the start of the 20th century; to a time when people were prim and proper and life actually seemed a little dull as there was not much imagination to lift the spirit. People just dealt with life with appropriateness. That is the picture painted as we go into the world of Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert, as they await an orphan boy they are going to adopt. The movie which was made in 1934 from a book written in 1905 must have been a great eye-opening for the public at both times; making some people do a lot of soul-searching about their attitude towards people of lesser means. As such, the film shows people’s narrow-mindedness and perception of others that can lead them to behave in strange ways without a thought to their own actions.

To begin with, the viewer is faced with Mrs. Rachel Lynde, the busybody neighbour, who is proud of her blatant self-righteous views. She sticks her nose in where it is none of her business. While gardening she notices that Matthew is dressed in a suit and off to town. She immediately goes to Morilla’s house to enquire as to this change from the norm. Marrila tells her that she intends to have an orphan boy. Mrs. Lynde’s contempt for this idea is stark and she does not mince her words, as she describes these sorts of people as ghastly creatures who will only bring sorrow for the Cuthburts.

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