Childhood Stressors of Anne of Green Gables Anne Shirley, better known as the eponymous heroine of Anne of Green Gables, is a survivor of a great trauma, that of being an orphan. According to Towler’s theory (13), then, Anne can be situated in one of the four phases of crisis: “shock; denial (also known as defensive retreat); acknowledgement; adaption.” Towler argues that the stage of shock passes very quickly and gives way to denial, which is characterized by applying “the normal defense mechanisms to attempt to shield yourself from the reality of what has happened” (13). This theory is vital to understanding Anne’s psychology, for a number of reasons. Firstly, Anne is a fantasist: she transmutes people and events in the real world into...The end:
.....from the cheerful facts of her fantasy life, and that the interjection of childhood artifacts would break down the wall by serving as a physical reminder of a childhood that Anne can only defeat by forgetting. An artifact, with its own power of generating emotion and fantasy, would strip from Anne her power of keeping her actual childhood locked away from the more empowering, forward-looking fantasies she concocts in order to survive in the present. References Montgomery, Lucy Maud. The Green Gables Collection. New York: Random House, 2008. Reich, John, Zautra, Alex, and Hall, John Stuart. Handbook of Adult Resilience. New York: Guilford Press, 2010. Towler, John. The Psychology of Human Development. Toronto: Waterloo Resource Centre, 2003.