The Secret Garden

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The narrative that I have chosen to write about is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I have chosen this book because of the metamorphosis of the main character Mary. She goes from an oppressive and sour girl to a caring and understanding young girl with empathy. This book is about a young girl named Mary who is a privileged, unloved and selfish. The book begins with her living in India with her wealthy parents who hardly acknowledge her existence. She has servants who do everything for her, including dress her for the day. She is very spoiled and her servants have found it easier to give her what she wants then to try and argue with her. When her parents are killed in an epidemic, she is moved to live with her uncle in England. …show more content…
On pg. 25 of our text it says that, “the literary approach focuses on the aesthetic aspects of the text such as plot, character development, setting, length and complexity of sentences, word choice, word order, figures of speech, and illustrations (Botelho & Rudman, 2009).” The Secret Garden is all about the character development of its main character Mary but also the development of her cousin Colin. As previously stated above, at the beginning of the novel Mary is a very spoiled girl who feels no love from anyone. She is said to be pale, thin and her face always looks disgruntled. Over the course of the novel Mary changes from the inside out. As she starts to shed her once oppressive and spoiled characteristics she begins to gain color in her skin and gains weight. She also becomes more independent such as dressing herself. She even becomes best friends with her servant’s younger brother Dickson. This is something Mary would have never done if her character had not developed into a more compassionate and …show more content…
The multicultural approach helps the reader gather information about the cultural practices and mores of all the characters in the story. This narrative does a wonderful job of allowing us insight into three characters lives. Mary, who is from a wealthy family and seemingly has everything she could ever want doesn’t even know that the reason she is so unhappy is because she is so alone. Colin, Mary’s cousin, who has lived his entire early life thinking he was on the brink of death is also from a prominent upper-class family and has servants tend to his every need. Neither of them seems to have any relationships with the people who surround them because they are both oppressive and

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