The Secret Garden – A Review
“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgsons Burnett
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5!
Just like the dead garden, Mary Lennox was partly dead. Sour, irritable, mean, and spoiled, Mary was never liked by anybody – her mother, her governess, and her Ayah. She too never liked anything nor anybody. She was not a child who exudes that innocence and joy of the young. I could say she was blank, just like a dead garden.
When Cholera broke out of the Lennox household, leaving her orphaned, she was left under the care of her only relative, her uncle, Archibald Craven living in Misselthwaite Manor. With the vast size of the house, hundreds of locked doors, a strange cry from one of these doors, a garden locked up for 10 years, and a very curious, brave child, what else would you expect?
With her curiosity burning, Mary sets out to find the buried key and door and resolved to bring back color not only to the garden where love grew and ended but to her cheeks and to a boy named Colin.
The Secret Garden is a classic children’s literature. Having read the classic Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, I could say this one had more sense and deeper meaning. Burnett captivated me as she had with many other children on their beds. I expected fairies and magic and magic dusts but no, I had something more.
Mr. Craven was a hunchback and he had son named Colin. With whispers of death and negative thoughts, Colin was discouraged and grew believing that sooner or later, a hump will grow and his father will never be able to look him in the eye. With the help of Mary, he gathered his courage and managed to complete the final result of his “scientific experiment’ involving Magic – the power to believe that you will and that you can. A message that is very practical, simple yet amazing.
Some people need not only take a medicine, pray in God but also believe that he or she will heal soon. It takes this Magic for people to accomplish plans and to climb up to places that seem too impossible. God exists because I believe in Him and so does every Christian. My parents believed that my brother will live normally and so he did.
But this Magic is not wishing and believing but it is wishing and believing with action. This is something you and I have to learn. Fill your minds with negative thoughts and you’d end up failing just like Colin. But when Mary and Colin believed that they could and that they would, they succeeded.
In life, we need a little bit of Magic, a little bit of push.