Anne is all about wanting to change the world through her ideas; she hinges her self-worth on the stories she writes and the opinions she spreads through the school newspaper. She self-entertains endlessly through stories, window friends, and dramatic re-interpretations of the world around her. Anne daydreams about climbing into a cheery tree if no one comes for her; she prefers to tell Marilla an invented tale about her marvelous parents, rather than the truth. She never does anything without a flourish. She admits that the white way of delight is “the only thing that cannot be improved on, by my imagination!” She has a dozen stories in her head all at the same time, and often shares these (abstract) details with her friends; they can’t think up a plot for a story? No problem, Anne has a vague idea they can use! She refuses to accept the world as it is; she has to put a shine on it. Her inferior Si shows up a lot in the first season, but far less in subsequent seasons once she feels at home at Green Gables. Her own experiences are very important to her, and Anne uses them to frame her expectations of reality; she comes to Green Gables terrified they won’t want or keep her, because others have ditched her in the past, due to her “ugly” red hair and freckles. She is overwhelmed with delight when the Cuthberts give her a sense of security, sameness, and permanence, by inviting her to sign the family Bible and become a real Cuthbert. Anne glowers on the train that, “Why are BAD memories so much harder to forget than good ones?” She spends several episodes flashing back to her traumatic experiences, triggered by similarities and emotional reactions in her environment. She also forgets how the orphanage made her feel, and in returning to it, feels devastated and depressed. Her perception of how life was is sometimes naïve and impressionistic rather than factual. She builds an instant, strong connection to Matthew that she describes as a “kindred spirit.” She “understands” him, through their shared quiet but intense affection for one another. Her emotions drive all her decisions, and Gilbert accuses her of making things “all about herself,” when she is actually trying to connect to him, through their shared loss. She can be melodramatic with her feelings, but keeps the most intense things to herself, until she learns she can trust Marilla with some of them (even then, she doesn’t talk about her abuse at the orphanage or in foster homes). Anne is mostly wrapped up in her own intense feelings, and oblivious to anyone else’s. She is kind, sensitive, and easily offended, but also has an “iron will.” Anne has a temper. She insults Rachel Lynde in no uncertain terms. She screams at Gilbert to leave her alone. She doesn’t hesitate to slap down Marilla for her fake “good night,” at the end of her first night at Green Gables. Her Te hands out smack-downs all over the place. But she is also a competent student, who wants to learn the facts. Since she is so young, she uses it mostly to assert her opinions… but while she IS very hard working at school, and smart enough to teach herself long division, she hasn’t quite mastered the art of not daydreaming yet and… you know, not setting the kitchen on fire.

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Anne is forever reframing her experiences and choosing to focus on the positive, even though she’s had a horrible life up to this point. She always finds something to look forward to, when fearing rejection (such as her daydreaming about climbing up into a cherry tree to spend the night, in case no one comes for her at the train station). She insists that her first day at school went well, even though it didn’t, in an attempt to hide how badly it went from Marilla and Matthew. Marilla sees her as a relentless dreamer, because she has her “head in the clouds.” Anne is also frustrated that her negative experiences and bad memories cling to her the hardest; she finds it difficult to forget them and move on, and sometimes sorrowfully talks about them, as if she wishes she could let them go and just be happy. She actively seeks out her imagination, and her dreams of superior things (wonderful experiences, the great beauty of the world, an avenue of dreams) to get away from her disappointments in the real world (which is harsh and cruel). Anne is drawn to anything idealistic, dramatic, or exciting, especially in her stories of daring knights and maidens in distress. But she also desperately wants to find a place to belong, a best friend, and to be included. She tries actively to better herself so that Marilla will accept her (promising to become less of a dreamer and more responsible, per her super-ego wing’s desire to do better). Anne is incredibly anxious about not fitting in, not being wanted, or being punished (but dives into a fantasy world to avoid it and distract herself from her fears). She also shows disintegration to 1 at times, as she ruthlessly berates herself for not being a better person, and says she will try harder. But dwelling on her flaws for too long tends to depress her, and she searches out optimistic views to hold moving forward.