February 16, 2012

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911
Mary and Dickon
help Colin discover a
longing to survive

Mary, a spoiled orphan raised in India, comes to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, who she never sees. The story uses the symbol of the garden to showcase the ability of the central characters to find life again, even when it seems impossible. Not only does Mary change, but she finds a way to spread the magic of rejuvenation to her uncle and cousin.

I love Mary, but the best character really is Dickon, the boy who lives on the moor and can talk to animals and plants. He seems like kind of a goober with his strong Yorkshire accent, and his animal friends climbing all over him, but he is the one who convinces Mary and Collin that there is magic to be found in nature, and that it is a part of all of us. (G)

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