The Secret Garden by Frances Hudgson Burnett (Mary’s Character Review) SPOILER ALERT!


The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett is an amazing story about a young girl who was naïve and later became a better person. The story mainly focuses on Mary’s journey discovering friendship, love, family and growth. Mary’s character seemed to be flowing along with the story as it unveils deeper thoughts about humanity and nature. That’s the thing about the story; it shows change happens when a plant has grown. Thus, giving the readers a full view of Mary’s life that changed thru magic.

Mary was naïve at first. She didn’t care about what others felt about her when she’s around. It’s about the fact that she wasn’t exposed to people who really communicates and share their feelings with her. Part of the reason was, she was never guided by her parents. Moreover, she never had anyone by her side but her ayah. As a result, she lacked on understanding how people’s feelings and thoughts differ from each other.

Selfishness is an attitude that caused her to be distant to other people. Mary didn’t feel to be loved. With this reason in mind, she might definitely didn’t know how to love, too. She didn’t care about her parents and that may due to the fact that she grew up within the love for material things rather than people. Thus, never did she notice that her actions belong to a spoiled brat.

Despite her attitude, she met Martha, her servant. Martha showed her kindness that made Mary change. Well at first, they didn’t seem like they’re going to end as friends. But as the story goes on, they started to talk with other like they’re already friends for years. They shared secrets and tell each other’s thoughts about a particular issue—Mary then gained friendship without noticing she did. By that time, she just felt like something changed—she felt loved. She found a reason to change and to be happy. By then, she learned the true meaning of life. Hence, it proved that a simple love and care from a friend can unlock a locked and bolted heart.

While Mary’s living in Mr. Craven’s house, she somehow developed curiosity and a sense of love for nature. With Martha by her side, she met another friend, Dickon. When Mary found out about the garden, Dickon taught some information about planting. Mary then started beautifying and putting colors into the secret garden. As an additional point from her side, curiosity is what keeps her moving forward. Simply, curiosity is the one who gave way to the end of Mary’s little happy ever after story.

Over all, the main thing I learned from The Secret Garden was, it doesn’t matter what kind of past you came from. It is about how you deal with the present. It gives you a point to the fact that a person with a bitter past must become better in order to live not just survive. In this story, Mary chose to be happy rather than being miserable. That’s the point why I loved this book because it’s not just about friendship, love, and family—It is also about how you handle yourself.

I love it when authors keep the readers in the dark. That’s why in this story, I loved Mary’s attitude the most because she went to stage where she experienced to be lonely. I always loved characters that are miserable at first then later changed to someone new and better.

I recommend this book to those people who are experiencing the same kind of situation. This story might inspire you, it might even change you. Remember that, “truths are always written, never said.” (Quote by Colleen Hoover – Maybe Someday). And that’s what I’m talking about; you might find yourself in Mary’s life and realize something. That’s a good thing when a reading a book, you must take something out of it. Child, teen, adult—this story doesn’t require an age limit. So might as well read it for me because I know that the time you’ll be giving reading this book will be worth it.

© 2015 Bea Flores All Rights Reserved

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