Anne of Green Gables Readalong Discussion #1

First, let’s get some business out of the way! Don’t forget to visit Suey’s blog (It’s All About Books) because she posted the discussion questions for chapters 1-13 today! And, don’t forget to join the Twitter chat tomorrow (March 12) at 6:00 pm MDT/8:00 pm EDT. Suey (@sueysays) will be hosting. We’ll be using #GreenGablesRAL during the chat. It should be tons of fun! 🎉

We’re reading chapters 14-26 next, and Kami will post the discussion questions on her blog (Kami’s Library Thoughts) on March 22.

Second, I was worried I wasn’t going to like Anne of Green Gables because most classics are only so so for me, but I’m really enjoying it! I love Anne. She’s a talkative creature. She reminds me of me at her age. I can’t wait to keep reading!

Discussion Questions

Holy hard questions, Batman! 😳

1. In chapter 2, when Matthew is driving Anne back to Green Gables, she asks him: “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive.” Given her tragic childhood, how do you think Anne is able to maintain such a positive attitude?

Some people are just able to stay upbeat and positive come what may. I’m not one of those people. I don’t know if it’s genetics, mental illness, nature vs. nurture, but some people are just positive no matter what.

2. Anne is insistent on renaming places and inanimate things. Why do you think she does this?

As we’ve seen in these first thirteen chapters, she has a very active imagination. I think her imagination is one way she has learned to cope with her tragic childhood. If she imagines beautiful, happy things, then life is better and worth living. I guess this could be a good answer for the first question too. 😂

3. Marilla gives several reasons for finally deciding to keep Anne. What reason do you think most changed her mind?

Even though Marilla is a no-nonsense type of woman, she still has a heart. I think she realized what Anne’s life would’ve been like had she gone to live with Mrs. Blewett and she knew Anne’s spirit would’ve eventually been broken. Plus, I think Anne has a way of worming her way into your heart.

4. If Anne grew up today, would she have been happier with how she looked? What would she have pined for, looks- and fashion-wise? What is our society’s equivalent of plumpness, dark hair, and puffed sleeves?

She’d still want beautiful things. She’d probably want designer clothes and/or shoes, maybe, but I don’t think she’d be a diva about it. She’d be happy with being as skinny as she is. I still think the color of her hair would bother her, but she could always dye it or lighten it. Well, maybe not with Marilla as her guardian. 😂

5. How would Anne have turned out if Marilla had let Mrs. Blewett take her? Would that life have crushed Anne’s imaginative spirit, or would she have changed in a different way?

I honestly think Anne’s spirit would’ve eventually been broken if she hadn’t gone to live at Green Gables. There’s only so much one person can endure without human affection.

What would your answers be for these questions?

10 replies
  1. lissa
    lissa says:

    Anne’s imagination is quite vivid, you can’t ignore that. certainly, she use it to cope but it also help widened her mind and in a way, keeping her spirit intact.

    I would disagreed you on #4, Anne would love her red hair because in this modern age, I think hair that is not black is generally more popular, it seems that way to me.

    #5 – some people can endure a lot and others not so much but I thought Anne is one of the tougher ones so I have to disagree with you on that.

    I think these questions are rather general and I guess it’s probably why we mostly have the same answers.

    I kind of thought it would have been nicer if we give our own opinion about each chapter but having questions does make it easier, I suppose.

    have a lovely day.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      She may be okay with her red hair in today’s society, but I’ve known plenty of redheads, especially those with the carrot color like hers, who still hate their hair. It’s not until it darkens or lightens that they like it more so I was going off of that.

      And, I do agree that people can endure a lot. But, if someone is never shown any love whatsoever, eventually, they will break, especially as they grow out of their childhood imaginations. Maybe Anne would survive longer than most, but I still think her spirit would be broken eventually.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad you are. I understand about catching up. I’ve had to catch up a few times myself. Luckily only by a few chapters. I hope you can catch up. 🙂 Good luck!

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  2. Kara
    Kara says:

    I agree, I think some people are just more prone to always thinking positive! But I can guarantee that isn’t me, sadly. I try though! Most days. 🙂

    Anne TOTALLY has a way of worming inside your heart! I think that’s a big reason why her story has been so enduring for so many years…

    My apologies for being late to discussion and missing the twitter chat! 🙁 But I’m going to do my best to keep up from now on. Promise!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I can see you trying. You always seem very chipper when I have an encounter with you. 🙂 No problem about missing the Twitter chat or being late to the discussion. I’m just glad you’re participating. 😀

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