Anne's House of Dreams -- Chapter 4: The First Bride of Green Gables
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Like the book, she mostly looks at the good parts of life, even when it comes crashing down on her. Despite this, her imagination is shown to have been cultivated as a defense mechanism. However, just because society refused to acknowledge certain issues at a given time in history does not mean that we, as humans, are fundamentally different. Instead, it makes the person she becomes all the more beautiful, as she takes the best of a bad childhood, and turns it for good.
Rachel Lynde is written as the busybody she is, and at first, you get a glance of what she appears to be on the outside. Yet, she does not change into the caring person she truly is over the course of the book, she has the caring in her from the start. Anne with an E shows her layers from the start.
Another example is the added scenes that give a better sense of the dangers of being an orphan in the late s which the show takes place in, depending on how you set the time of the books.
A Better Acceptance Message Some people pick up instantly on the changes to the story that challenge societal norms that have changed, while others glide over them unaware. Wally-Beckett looks at the story in retrospect, and adds elements that we can appreciate, but made no sense to the reader inas our society had two world wars, globalization, and the technological revolution between their knowledge and ours. But, it makes it easier for us to relate to the story today. I expect these changes will become more pronounced as the series progresses.
Then Gilbert Blythe, played by Lucas Jade Zumann, walked in, and I reevaluated my bias on all the story changes, small and large. As I had said before, Gilbert has always been the stumbling point in the story to me, too unbelievable for me to suspend belief. Anne would likely never look toward Gilbert, and if she did, Gilbert would likely turn away from her.
At the same time, there are certain aspects of him that have to stay the same, or he would not be a soulmate for Anne. I knew this storyline would have to change in just the right way, or I could never fully get into the show. As in the books, he is popular, and confidence. Unlike the books, he is also shown to be kind and noble. Instead, it is an honest desire to help, and an unawareness of the danger of nobility.
By the time Anne hits Gilbert with her slate, I actually like this Gilbert. He is aware that Anne is different from anyone he knows and is drawn to parts of Anne that others feel make her too different. He has picked up that Anne is having a hard time, but fails to understand exactly what this means for her. Gilbert appears to genuinely want to be a friend to Anne.
Yet he fails to understand what she needs, ignoring her signs to back off only because he is unfamiliar with these needs.
His frustration and lack of understanding leads him astray, not his arrogance. I want him to reverse course before it is too late. This being the story it is, he does not, and Anne pushes back physically, with force. This scene may appear charming to you, with an odd mix of sexual tension for two young teens as well as a teacher and a student.
A Reality Unkown to Most This spelling bee scene disarmed me, unhinged me, and took me back to over half a lifetime ago.
Anne had physically set her boundaries. Gilbert, not being a complete idiot, respects the physical boundaries. However, he is still trying to reach her, trying to make amends. At the same time, when they are in the same room together, he gives her no space to breathe, taking her completely in with his eyes.
Zumann uses his eyes well in playing the part of Gilbert in this scene and in the series, which leads me to wonder if he has first-hand experience with this kind of situation.
He takes in her body, mind, and soul, and leaves nowhere for her to hide. For her part, Anne interacts with Gilbert to the extent required by the social structure put around them, and no more. She offers him nothing, and will not offer him anything as long as he gives her no room to breathe.
It did not solve the Gilbert problem. You see, I know the natural end to this situation. It is impossible not to feel … something … when under that strong and persistent of a gaze, especially if you feel yourself an outcast, and therefore unworthy of that kind of attention. But any appreciation of his attention will be mingled with resentment, for it feels that he is stealing who you are from you. To have the person you are growing into stolen from you before you can even become that person is something most people cannot relate to, but apparently, Walley-Beckett can relate and can get McNulty and Zumann act their parts so well that it made me feel that I was Anne, instead of simply watching or even just relating to her.
If Gilbert continues to steal looks at Anne every chance he gets, she will build a wall around him, and hide as much of herself from him as she can.
Further, she will never look at him or try to learn who he is behind those eyes. To do so would be to render herself even more vulnerable. This leads us back to my original problem with Gilbert.Anne & Gilbert - Distance
By the time there is any chance that Anne will even consider what Gilbert feels like, he will have moved on, still stealing looks, but no longer with the intense desire behind them for more. By that point, she will have learned to build a wall so strong around her that all he will see is the outermost part of her soul, combined with the most broken parts she cannot hide from the constant gaze of his eyes.
Something has to happen, to pull his gaze off her not because of lack of interest, but because something else needs his attention. At the same time, something has to pull her attention to him that has nothing to do with his desire for her to look his way. And this has to happen within months, not within years.
This means going way off story as it was originally written. Fortunately, this happens, and it gives them the chance to start to learn how to interact with each other in a more balanced, give and take, way. I look forward to finding out. Regardless of how well I liked the changes, each and every change served a purpose that enriched the world Anne lives in at least up to the season cliffhanger that has not played out yet.
It builds the story and makes the characters richer, either through giving them more backstory or facing truths that we like to ignore in our fairy tales. Fairy tales have their place, but in the end, it is better to have our stories connected with reality. In some ways, it shows what she put down over years ago, and we misread, even though it is updated for this century. Looking deeper into some of the beliefs of the time, I am okay with this.
‘Anne with an E’ Redeems Gilbert Blythe and Green Gables
Instead, I want here to make the choice that will make her most happy. That is not to say I love all the changes made by Wally-Beckett, but that is to be expected. All in all, I can appreciate her take on things, especially in making them both more plausible, and more relevant to today.
For example, I love her take on Katie Maurice, a character most people do not really understand. Is Anne with an E Really Dark? To it she had come back joyfully after all her absences; at its window she had knelt through that night of bitter agony when she believed Gilbert dying, and by it she had sat in speechless happiness the night of her betrothal. Many vigils of joy and some of sorrow had been kept there; and today she must leave it forever.
Henceforth it would be hers no more; fifteen-year-old Dora was to inherit it when she had gone. Nor did Anne wish it otherwise; the little room was sacred to youth and girlhood--to the past that was to close today before the chapter of wifehood opened.
Green Gables was a busy and joyous house that forenoon. Diana arrived early, with little Fred and Small Anne Cordelia, to lend a hand. Davy and Dora, the Green Gables twins, whisked the babies off to the garden. She's really a wonder in some ways.
Comparing Three Anne of Green Gables: Who Played Gilbert Blythe Best??
Not much like that other harum-scarum I brought up. It might even be suspected that she liked the harum-scarum best after all. Rachel, when she was sure they were out of earshot. He isn't the holy terror for mischief he used to be. He's taken a great notion to farming lately, and wants me to let him try running the farm next year.
I may, for Mr. Barry doesn't think he'll want to rent it much longer, and some new arrangement will have to be made. She had strong views on the subject of octopus-like department stores, and never lost an opportunity of airing them.
They pore over them on Sundays instead of studying the Holy Scriptures. I'm so happy I want every one else to be happy, too.
She did hope it truly, and believed it, but she was afraid it was in the nature of a challenge to Providence to flaunt your happiness too openly. Anne, for her own good, must be toned down a trifle. But it was a happy and beautiful bride who came down the old, homespun-carpeted stairs that September noon--the first bride of Green Gables, slender and shining-eyed, in the mist of her maiden veil, with her arms full of roses.
Gilbert, waiting for her in the hall below, looked up at her with adoring eyes. She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting. It was to him she was coming in the sweet surrender of the bride.