Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“You see before you a perfectly happy person, Marilla,” she announced. “I’m perfectly happy – yes, in spite of my red hair. Just at present I have a soul above red hair.”
Born in 1874, Lucy Maud Montgomery drew upon a sensitive and sad childhood to create one of literature’s most beloved heroines. She published seven more Anne books and wrote several other classic books before her death in 1942.
For Book Clubs:
1. Why does Anne insist on spelling her name with an “e”? What does this say about her personality?
2. Maud Montgomery famously struggled with depression. Are those struggles reflected in Anne of Green Gables? If so, how?
3. Discuss Anne’s relationship with her “bosom friend,” Diana. What do the friends have in common? What challenges do they face?
4. Though Anne adopts Green Gables as her true home, she brings plenty of herself to Prince Edward Island. What does Anne contribute to Marilla, Matthew, and her community at large?
5. Anne is an inherently happy character obsessed with tragedy. Discuss Anne’s preoccupation with melodrama and tragedy and its contribution to the book’s narrative.