Critique of Anne of Green Gables Movie Trilogy
Anne of Green Gables Movie Trilogy is a critically acclaimed move based on a worldwide best-selling novel. The movie was filmed in Canada on the picturesque Prince Edward Island. The award winning movie depicts the drama of Anne Shirley’s life an orphan who struggles through her teenage but become successful as a young adult woman. Anne makers a remarkable transition from an impetuous, romantic orphan to became an adventurous, outspoken and an accomplished young teacher. It is a clear illustration of wit and emotional power and the activities of every other character in the story directly or indirectly influence her to become what powerful women she becomes. Amidst this, watcher can clearly see and distinguish clear massages on how one should behave, conduct himself/herself, act during certain circumstances or assert a sense of ownership in relation to their gender. The story provides example that one would follow in being feminine or masculine.
The society has numerous expectations on people. These expectations are based on many variables such as gender, and education. Anne is a lady but her manners during childhood and teenage a centrally to what lady should conduct herself like. Marilla, one of her adaptors works tirelessly to ensure that she adopts lady like mannerisms but she fails repeatedly. Anne first has difficult in controlling her temper and is very impulsive (Beth). This and her imaginative nature consistently land her in trouble. However, one can grow and overcome such challenges. Anne learned to control her temper and impulsive actions as she grew up. For instance, the young an picked up fights very easily. An example of this is when she attacks Gilbert for making fun of her red hair.
The red hair also point out to the insecurities that young girls have. In adolescence many girls struggle with insecurities especially with thing people can see and point out. But as they grow they become more aware and confident of whom they are. This is certainly evident of Anne, as she grows; she becomes more confident and is not anger by her looks. Being feminine could be challenging in the wake of this insecurities but when one learns on how to embraces this insecurities and look at them in a positive way, she turns the insecurities around grow more confident and achieve more success. Amidst such insecurities, ladies must also learn how not to be carried away by gossip (Fitzgibbons). People will always gossip and will always have something to say about you. You response to such gossip influences the way people treat you afterwards.
Femininity is not associated with aggressive war like behaviors. A lady must be calm. Certainly an a aggressive girl who picks up fights like the teenage Anne needs a lot of guidance and teaching to learn how to become calm and composed. Certainly, Marilla did a commendable job on Anne to mould her into a respectable woman. Gaining composure and calmness can only come by when one learns how to handle their insecurities’ and respond to what people say. One should not be ready to attack or how back insult to whoever insults her.
Life involves a lot of sacrifices to both men and women. Anne a hard working girl has great ambitions and even won a scholarship, however, she put her ambition on hold to remain on the Island and take care of Marilla who had become blind in her old age (Dunn). She scarified taking a scholarship for a four year degree course, and decides to take up a teaching job close to home so that she can be close enough to take care of Marilla. This kind of choice, sacrifice or decision comes from a great sense of responsibility. Both men and have responsibilities but the approach to responsibilities is different. Only responsible people can take care of the elderly loved ones, and only few can sacrifice their ambitions due to this kind of responsibility. Although masculinity involves a sense of responsibility, it is not a strong as it is in femininity. It the caring instinct and abilities that accompany femininity that made Anne sacrifice her dream to take care of Marilla. Certainly, the reckless, highly tempered teenage Anne would not have shown such a great amount of responsibility and sacrifice.
Femininity is not an excuse for laziness. Ladies can draw lesson from Anne’s story; she is not lazy but hardworking who strive to realize her own dreams. Anne of Green Gables Movie Trilogy presents to young girls an opportunity to watch a life being built through honest hard work (Fruhling). Any work hard with a target and objective in mind taking each challenge as it comes by. She even changes her attitudes and mannerism on her way to become respectable teacher, wife and mother.
In conclusion, the Anne of Green Gables Movie Trilogy presents an inspiration story that can be used to improve and shape the lives of young girls to nature them into respectable ladies. Young girls must understand that femininity is not associated with warlike mannerisms, quick tempers and impulsive acts. A lady ought to be calm and always think before acting. Insecurities are part of every ladies life, but no one should ever allow insecurities to be their source of weakness. Every lady should learn how to positively handle her insecurities. Women should have a great sense of responsibility and should work hard to realize their drams. Hard and honest work always pays well. Finally, making sacrifices is part of life. At one time in life one has to choose between pursuing their ambition or a sacrificing their ambition to help a friend or a relative. The way one handles such a moment speaks volumes on their personality.
“Anne of Green Gables Trilogy Set Box.” Dir. Kevin Sullivan. Perf. Richard Farnsworth, Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst. Sullivan Entertainment. 2005.
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