A Rose For The Anzac Boys Character Analysis

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‘A Rose for the Anzac Boys’ by Jackie French holds a very interesting character, Anne. Anne is an upper class citizen and was determined to be married off like her other sisters. Her parents wanted it done in the first season but Anne has one problem. Spots. With this imperfection, Anne has a low self-esteem and confidence. This was a contributing factor of her fear to do anything to upset her parents further. From the very beginning Anne struggled to prove herself as an individual to her parents. In hopes of proving to her parents that she is worth something, she took the opportunity to help at the canteen. Anne shows us through determination and hard work, life may not end up with the happy ending you expected. Instead they can finish in something completely different but as good.…show more content…
Anne’s family were expecting her to be to be ‘perfect’ so she could be married into a good family. Trying to please your parents are one of the hardest struggles a teenager could face. Anne’s self-esteem dropped. She says that “One’s job is to look so totally ravishing that the marriage settlements are signed and sealed by the end of one’s first season”. Anne is so accustomed to having to be the perfect daughter and ‘trophy’ wife that she knows no different. Later in the novel, Anne becomes more aware of her parents disappointment saying to her friends 'You just don 't understand! The first thing Mummy looks at when I come home each term. How can she present a daughter with spots? Four daughters successfully married off and now the last one has to get spots. I think she 'd rather I ran off with a footman '. Anne becomes more distressed from this causing her to be irritated often by people brushing her issues of acceptance
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