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Secret Garden

A short lecture on the classic "Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Caitlin Chen

on 23 May 2013

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Introduction Published in 1911, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett Sixth cholera breakout was from 1899 to 1923.
Cholera began in India due to bad hygiene
Spread to Europe from trade
killed more than 800,000 people in India Main Characters Mary Lennox: References to the Book There have been 5 movies based on the book so far, as well as a musical and an opera. The Secret Garden Takes place in the early 1900s during a cholera breakout
In a mansion called the Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, England Eventually becomes a healthy and happy child Main character is Mary Lennox, a bratty and sour girl. Only reason Mary Lennox moved to her uncle's mansion in England was because of the pandemic
Everybody in the household (including her parents and all the servants) except for Mary died
Rescued and is sent to go live with her uncle Daughter of two rich, selfish British parents that don't care for her whatsoever, and order Indian servants to take care of her every need.
Ten years old
Lived in India for most of her life
Spoiled and bratty Collin Craven: Son of Dr. Craven and the cousin of Mary Lennox
Disease with his back
Always complains and has extreme temper tantrums
Goes around in a wheelchair
Rarely leaves his room in the beginning
Mary and Collin eventually become friends Plot Mary moves from India to Yorkshire, England, with her uncle Dr. Craven and meets Martha Sowerby, a friendly maid, who refuses to do every little thing for her, and insists on her to get some fresh air from the moor (grassy plain) that surrounds the mansion. She meets Martha's younger brother, Dickon, who can "speak" to the plants and animals, and an elderly gardener named Ben Weatherstaff. Together, they all try to improve the mysterious "secret garden". . .But that's not all they're improving. . . Frances Hodgson Burnett Frances Hodgson Burnett was born on November 24, 1894 in Manchester, England. Married Swan Burnett
Often traveled to England
Bought a home there, which "The Secret Garden" is based on. Started writing very early on in her life
To support her family Sewed her own clothes, and also for her two sons
Even though she had enough money to buy clothes Oldest son died from tuberculosis
Became depressed
Said that writing was insignificant compared to being a mother of two sons. Representation of Romanticism The literary period from the late 1800s to the early 1900s was romanticism.
Romanticism (in literature), unlike realism, did not have My Evaluation Cholera Pandemic Mary Lennox portrayed by Kate Maberly in the 1993 film adaption. Collin Craven in the 1993 film adaption. Beginning is well-paced
Middle is really slow
Great descriptive and figurative language
Fun to imagine the characters' Yorkshire, British, and Indian accents Food! In the "Secret Garden", one of the most common breakfasts she eats are pastries with tea. Multimedia Start: 1:00
End: 4:00 Is told by the head maid that she is to stay in only 2 rooms and not to disturb Dr. Craven
Scolded by the head maid when she wanders around to explore. Music This piece (The Swan) by Camille Saint-Saëns from "The Carnival of the Animals" was in the same time period as the book was published (late 1800s, early 1900s) and was in the romantic artistic period. The piece has many "romantic"-like qualities. accurate and familiar characters and situations, but ideal situations and characters. Its peak was from 1800-1850. Some Examples of Romanticism in the Book: Mary Lennox starts from an ugly, mean child who eventually gains weight and becomes a nice, pretty girl. Dr. Craven comes out of his depression and becomes happier. And many, many others that I wouldn't want to spoil... The secret garden is originally ugly and dead, but with Mary and a few of her friends, it becomes beautiful and alive. An author and playwright
Best known for her childrens' books, like "The Secret Garden" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy". Comments, Questions, Concerns? Famous Quotes A few quotes from the "Secret Garden" are:
“Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”
“It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled.
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