Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. Boston, MA: Twayne Publishers. 1984.
Print 12/10/18: Entry #1CITATION: “When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncleeverybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another” (Burnett 7).
RESPONSE: (Context) Mary is the ugliest and most disagreeable child people have seen. Was born in India where she was sick one way or another. (Reaction/Connections) My thoughts on this passage is that Mary is an interesting kid who is known as an ugly child inside and out. I don’t think she is ugly, I think she just needs better care and for her parents to love her. It sad to know people think Mary who is only nine as an ugly and disagreeable child.
(Literary Analysis) In this passage, Burnett uses exposition which is part of the plot structure when she is talking about Mary in the beginning of the novel. It talks about the setting and introduce her character. It’s also in third person point of view, omniscient. 12/10/18: Entry #2CITATION: “Why was I forgotten?” Mary said, stamping her foot. “Why does nobody come?”(Mary 11). RESPONSE: (Context) It’s saying that Mary has been forgotten about.
Everybody who survive the outbreak, fled without Mary because they forgot she existed. (Reaction/Connections) Mary was forgotten about because nobody knows about her except her ayah (nanny). Her parents never cared about her and never talked about Mary to anyone. So when her ayah was gone, she was simply forgotten about. (Literary Analysis) In this quote, it shows the theme of abandonment and loneliness. In her nine years of life, Mary has experience a lot of this.12/11/18: Entry #3CITATION: “Mistress Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, and marigolds all in a row” ( Basil 13).
RESPONSE: (Context) This quote is a nursery rhyme that refers to Queen Mary and Mary’s penchant for having people killed. (Reaction/Connections) Basil and his siblings sang this to Mary till everybody in the household heard them. They laugh as they were comparing Mary to Queen Mary who killed people. (Literary Analysis) This nursery rhyme shows that the literary elements here is tone as everyone is against Mary. The tone set is sarcastic as they are mocking Mary and comparing her to Queen Mary. 12/13/18: Entry #4CITATION: “It had not been custom that Mistress Mary should do anything but stand and allow herself to be dressed like a doll, but before she was ready for breakfast she began to suspect that her life at Misselthwaite Manor would end by teaching her a number of things quite new to her” (Burnett 27). RESPONSE: (Context) Mary never did anything for herself back in India as it was all taken care of for her.
Now in England, she will learn many things. (Reaction/Connections) She never learned anything by herself but now she being told when she arrives at the Misselthwaite Manor, she will be taught many things. My reaction to this is saying her new home won’t be as bad as it seems. (Literary Analysis) This piece is showing that the literary element here is foreshadowing as they say she will learn many things when she is living with her Uncle in the Misselthwaite Manor.12/13/18: Entry #5CITATION: “It was one of the sweetest, most mysterious looking place anyone could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of climbing roses in which were so thick that they were matted together” (Burnett 65). RESPONSE: (Context) This showing what Mary was thinking as she enter the secret garden for the first time.
She is thinking and looking around at all the detail of the garden. (Reaction/Connections) This part of the novel is important as it is talking about the secret garden. She felt the confidence to go in when she was told not to.
I think this is the turning point in the book. (Literary Analysis) In this piece, the literary element is imagery as it explains what she is thinking. It also gives you detail about the secret garden so the reader can know what it looks like. 12/13/18: Entry #6CITATION: “How still it is”, she whispered.
“How still!” (Mary 65).RESPONSE: (Context) This is talking about how the garden is very still and calm when she walks in it for the first time. (Reaction/Connections) It’s so calm because she is the first person to walk into the garden in ten years. For that reason, everything is calm and quiet. (Literary Analysis) The calmness of the secret garden is symbolism of healing. Healing of Mary, trying to rebuild herself. By the end of the book, she was a calm and collected child unlike how she was in the beginning of the novel.12/14/18: Entry #7CITATION: ” I don’t think I ever really wanted to see anything before, but I want to see that garden.
I want the key dug up. I want the door unlocked” (Colin 105). RESPONSE: (Context) Colin who has been sick most of his life tells Mary he wants to see the garden really bad for the first time. He wants to see and have something really bad which has never happened for him before this. (Reaction/Connections) Colin’s life had been very depressing for so long. All he has done is sit in a room, very ill. When he hears about a garden, he gets extremely happy and doesn’t want to die. (Literary Analysis) In this quote, the literary element is mysterious because the secret garden is a mystery.
It’s also a mystery to see if he will dig the key up. 12/14/18: Entry #8CITATION: “Mary! Dickon! I shall get well! And I shall live forever and ever and ever!” (Colin 164).RESPONSE: (Context) Colin told his friends Mary and Dickon that he will get better when he went to the garden. (Reaction/Connections) Until this point of the novel, Colin has been very ill and was practically on his deathbed. When he goes to see the secret garden, it’s almost like magic as everything about him and his life changed. (Literary Analysis) In this quote, it shows that this part of the book is falling action. As he grew more in love with garden, he got better.
12/15/18: Entry #9CITATION: ” Perhaps I been all wrong for ten years,” he said to himself. ” Ten years is a long time. It may be too late to do anything – quite too late. What I been thinking of!” ( Craven 220).RESPONSE: (Context) In the last chapter, Mr. Craven who is the father of Colin realizes he made a mistake.
A big mistake that has taken place for over ten years. (Reaction/Connections) As he realizes who Colin really is, Mr. Craven realizes how wrong he was. Even though Colin was sick, he was really happy now and looked just like his mother. It was light at the end of the very dark tunnel for Mr.
Craven. (Literary Analysis) In this quote, the literary element is resolution as the conflict between father and son is gone. After Colin takes his father through the garden, the father and son are back together again after many years. 12/16/18: Entry #10CITATION: “Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow” (Burnett 215).RESPONSE: (Context) In this chapter, a poem is told which is based off that negative thoughts are the human errors to be found at the roots of all diseases. (Reaction/Connections) This is also referring to Mr.
Craven and all of the mistakes he has made. It’s saying that ugly is eventually taken out of everybody just like an ugly rose can’t grow till the “ugliness” is taken out of it. (Literary Analysis) This quote refers to a theme of psycho-somatic which is an illness. This “illness” is caused by all the mistakes.