The Secret Garden By Francis Hodgson Burnett

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In the early 19th century, people would worship of nature. This worshipping was known Romanticism. One of Romanticism main belief was that “nature is the truth manifest” in other words nature is truth. Romanticism is a played a key role in the story The Secret Garden. In the story, Mary Lennox is an Indian high class girl with unfair skin whose parents who assigned a Nanny to address her every day need because her mother was not willing to and did not want her at all. After cholera killed most of the servants, her nanny and parents, her uncle Mr. Archibald takes her in and assigns her a servant to take care of her just like he does to his son Colin who is illed. After opening a hidden garden, Mary starts changing and with the help of…show more content…
Colin was able to get better by going to the garden and exercising and being more active instead of staying all day in bed. The garden gave Colin hope to get well enough to be able to form a better bond with his father. When his father did come back to England from traveling, he saw his son finally walking in the garden and he had a change of heart; “Across the lawn came the Master of Misselthwaite and he looked as many of them had never seen him. And by his, side with his head up in the air and his eyes full of laughter walked as strongly and steadily as any boy in Yorkshire--Master Colin” (Burnett 173). This moment shows the father and son duo reunited in The Secret Garden, the phrase “with his head up in the air and his eyes full of laughter” demonstrates how after Archibald sees that Colin was better and walking because of the ‘magic’ in the garden and he too get affected by the ‘magic’. One can see the permissive parental style Mr. Archibald has at the beginning of the story by leaving Colin with his employees to tend to him. However, from the way Mr. Archibald reacted to seeing his son, one can infer he is going to try to become the role model he should of been since the beginning.

Mary’s shift of attitude is seen from the time of she was in India to the time she was in England. The change in the environment help her changes as a person from a spoil, and indifferent girl to a girl who

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