The Secret Garden | Study Guide

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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the-secret-garden-frances-hodgson-burnettThe Secret Gardenby the NumbersYear the first film adaptation of The Secret Garden was releasedYear The Secret Garden was illustrated by Tasha Tudor, bringing renewed attention from critics and readersChildrens poem that inspired Mistress Mary, the working title for The Secret GardenYears the secret garden key has been buried when Mary finds it 10194919621Sources: The Annotated Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Frances Hodgson Burnett by Gretchen Gerzina, IMDb, TashaTudor.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Narrator, Chapter 27t first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. ThemesHealingNature, positivity, and magic help heal the garden as well as people's lives and relationships.MagicA greater power nurtures and helps characters influence each other in healthy ways.Positive ThinkingRemoving negative thoughts leaves room for growth and positive change.SONMr. CravenBitter, hunchbacked man; still grieving his wifes untimely deathMrs. CravenKind creator of the secret garden; died 10 years before the story takes placeDickon SowerbyCountry lad with a strong connection to nature; helps Mary and Colin tend the gardenMary LennoxCranky, self-absorbed girl; transforms because of fresh air, exercise, and the garden's magicColin CravenFragile, sickly, neglected child; gains health while working in the gardenMrs. SowerbyWise, practical mother; helps feed Mary and ColinBen WeatherstaffNot-so-solitary, gruff gardener; helps the children in the secret gardenSONNIECEFRIENDSFRIENDSMain CharactersMARRIEDFRIENDSBurnett wrote novels, plays, and stories for adults as well as children. Her sons’ illnesses may have influenced the characters Colin and Mary in The Secret Garden, which she based on her own gardening experience. With the help of a 1960s illustrated edition, the book became a classic.FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT18491924AuthorSecret GardenSymbolizes motherhood and its secure, positive influenceRosesRepresent children as they are orphaned, neglected, and nurtured Eggs, Seeds & BulbsStand for the creation of new life and rejuvenation When Marys parents die in India, she is sent to live in England with her mysterious and mostly absent uncle, Mr. Craven. As she learns to entertain herself and play outdoors, Mary gains strength and discovers a hidden cousin, Colin, and a secret garden. Cultivating the garden and friendships leads to healing for Mary, Colin, and nature.A Secret That Unlocks LifeSYMBOLSEnglishOriginal Language191011Years PublishedFrances Hodgson BurnettAuthorThe Secret GardenFictionChildren's Literature

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