A Little Princess – Sara Crewe

Topics: Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess, Shirley Temple Pages: 4 (1738 words) Published: March 5, 2013
A Little Princess – Sara Crewe
In this piece of writing I will be analysing the character of Sara Crewe. Sara Crewe is the main character of the classic novel ‘A Little Princess’, which was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Frances is also the author of the other classic, ‘Secret Garden’. Although we are never explicitly told what the authors views on Sara are through analysing the character of Sara and how she is portrayed in the book we can gain an understanding of the authors view. Sara is portrayed as a creative, intelligent, well-mannered child. Sara is a character with very few faults and I believe that this portrayal is how Frances saw the character. Therefore every reference of the qualities of Sara shows what Frances thinks of her. There are many references illustrating the qualities of Sara. Maybe the most obvious of them is the creativeness of this young child. We are given an insight on Sara’s maturity and creativity straight away, when Frances says, ‘She was such a little girl that one did not expect to see such a look on her small face. It would have been an old look for a child of twelve, and Sara Crewe was only seven. The fact was, however, that she was always dreaming and thinking odd things and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown-up people and the world they belonged to. She felt as if she had lived a long, long time.’ Other examples of her maturity are when she explains her imaginary role as a fairy princess at first glance this seems like an example of normal child behaviour however when Sara goes on to explain why she imagines this, you realise her maturity and intelligence. Sara tells us that she pretends to be a princess to help her control her anger, and also to give ‘populace’, or in her case, her kindness and generosity to everyone. Both these references also prove the intelligence of Sara. Sara’s intelligence is not only in her creativity and maturity but also in her...
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