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Which Anne of Green Gables Character Are You?

Which Anne of Green Gables Character Are You?

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Have you ever wondered which Anne of Green Gables character best fits your personality? Do you think you might be as imaginative as Anne, as kind as Matthew, or as organised as Marilla?

Perhaps you even suspect that you might be a bit of a busybody like Rachel?

Take the quiz to get the definitive answer at the bottom of this post!

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Anne Shirley


Anne Shirley is the main character of Anne of Green Gables. She is smart and imaginative but (as Marilla knows all too well) … far from perfect! Her very imaginativeness, in fact, has the capacity to be her greatest asset or her worst enemy, depending on the context. At times it helps her to make friends like Diana (who isn’t very imaginative). At other times, it causes her to be forgetful and distractible when she does chores for Marilla.

Thankfully, though distractible, Anne is a quick learner. Even though she makes plenty of mistakes each day, she never makes the same mistake twice!

Her imaginativeness is partly brought on by the difficult life she has had. Though very young when Marilla and Matthew adopt her, Anne has lived her fair share of troubles. Her parents died when she was a baby and until she arrives at Green Gables, she never really felt wanted by any of the people she was taken in by. This being so, she used her imagination to brighten up the grim reality which was her life – trying to find an escape from the harshness and lack of romance she experienced every day.


Marilla Cuthbert


Marilla is very different to Anne. Though she has a keen sense of humour, she generally takes a no-nonsense approach to life and has little time for imagination or romance. At first, she finds Anne difficult to understand and relate to due to these differences in their personality. She just can’t understand why Anne would like people to call her Cordelia, for example, when Cordelia isn’t her real name!

With time, however, Marilla proves to be a good influence on Anne and vice versa. Anne learns to be neater and better organised and though Anne always remains imaginative, she comes to understand the dangers of letting her imagination get too carried away. Meanwhile, Marilla soften because of Anne’s presence in her life.


Matthew Cuthbert


Matthew is the brother of Marilla and they adopt Anne together. He is shy and quiet and is usually intimidated by women or girls. Despite this, Matthew quickly warms to Anne on the journey back from the train station where he picks her up to take to Green Gables. He quite enjoys Anne’s chatter and Anne finds it a relief to be in the company of somebody who doesn’t mind that she’s so talkative!

Matthew and Anne become firm friends. While Marilla sees herself as the person primarily responsible for bringing up Anne, quiet and gentle Matthew proves to be an effective and wise complement to Marilla’s firmer and stricter parenting style.


Gilbert Blythe


Gilbert Blythe is an intelligent, popular and good-looking boy around the same age as Anne. They both go to the same school and develop a competitive rivalry with each other on account of them both being smart.

Anne doesn’t like Gilbert for much of the novel. When she first arrives in the school, Gilbert teases Anne about her red hair and she breaks a slate over his head. It takes her a long time to forgive him.

Though a bit of a tease, Gilbert is fairly compassionate. He might have learned this from the troubles his family experienced when his dad got sick. It’s also a quality which makes him a great doctor when he grows up.


Diana Barry


Diana Barry is a kind and loyal best friend to Anne. She likes reading but isn’t as imaginative as Anne. She has a strict but loving mother who worries about the kind of friends Diana should associate with. For part of the novel, Anne is forbidden from being friends with Diana because she accidentally gets Diana drunk on currant wine (which she thought was raspberry cordial). Later Anne is forgiven when Anne helps Diana nurse her little sister back to health from a life-threatening illness.


Rachel Lynde


Rachel Lynde is the neighbour and old friend of Marilla and Matthew. She is generally well-meaning but is a bit of a gossip and can be overly critical and, well … a bit melodramatic. She is married and has had many children – meaning that she has had a lot of experience raising children.


Which Anne of Green Gables Character Are You? – The Quiz


Once you’ve taken the quiz, let me know what you think about the result! Do you agree that this Anne of Green Gables character matches your personality? Tell me in the comments!

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