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The Tale of Beatrix Potter Themes & Characters

Margaret Lane
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Themes and Characters

The most important character in The Tale of Beatrix Potter is obviously Beatrix herself. In Lane's portrayal, Beatrix possesses a sturdy temperament and an inner self-sufficiency that allow her to find compensations in her lonely and rather unhappy childhood.

Rather than succumbing to boredom, Beatrix develops during her solitude a life-long love of privacy and an ability to focus intensely on her own interests and fantasies. Shy, modest, and gentle, Beatrix has a subtle wit and an unsentimental innocence. Although the conventional formality of her parents' life irritates her, she remains patient and never openly rebels against it.

Rupert Potter, her father, is a dignified, whiskered, and punctual Victorian who does not share much of his daughter's life. Mrs. Potter is stem and stiff.

Some of the more positive influences in Beatrix's life include her grandmother, her brother, and her governess.

Jessie Crompton, or Grandmamma Potter, is...

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This section contains 593 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Tale of Beatrix Potter Study Guide
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The Tale of Beatrix Potter from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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