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Gilbert Blythe is the son of late John and Mrs. Blythe, a student of Avonlea school, and an Avonlea resident.

BiographyEdit

Gilbert Blythe came from a big family, but his mother passed away soon after he was born and eventually he ended up with just his father in Avonlea. He works on the farm of his ill father, although he deeply wishes to become a doctor.

Physical appearanceEdit

Gilbert Blythe has short curly dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and a mischievous smile. He is lean and of average height. Gilbert is constantly described as handsome.

PersonalityEdit

Gilbert Blythe's good natured attitude, charm, and looks easily make him the most popular boy in school, and the object of fancy for the majority of his female classmates. He's ambitious, as shown by his academic prowess, and caring. Before Anne Shirley's arrival, his position of 'best in class' was unchallenged. As a child, Gilbert possessed a certain maturity his peers lacked, most likely a result of his responsibilities at home, mainly taking care of his ill father.

RelationshipsEdit

John BlytheEdit

It's understood that the two were very close and that Gilbert cared deeply about his father. John, would tease Gilbert for worrying too much about him. After his father died, Gilbert couldn't stand staying "trapped" in Avonlea, and went out to fulfill his father's wish - to see the world at the end of season one.

Anne Shirley Cuthbert Edit

Throughout the series, Gilbert is shown to care for Anne. He, and Diana Barry are the only people at the Avonlea schoolhouse who are untroubled by Anne's orphan status. Gilbert first encounters Anne in the woods by the school where she is being bullied by Billy Andrews. Despite not knowing who she is, Gilbert sticks up for Anne. That same day, he tells his classmates that "a cute girl is a cute girl" further proving he is untroubled by Anne's past. Gilbert and Anne's relationship sours when Gilbert calls Anne carrots to get her attention. Anne stubbornly refuses to accept Gilbert's many attempts to apologize, and the two go on to have an academic rivalry. By the end of season two, Gilbert and Anne are still fighting to be the top student in class, but have a much friendlier relationship. In season three, Gilbert and Anne have a tentative friendship and deny their feelings towards one another, but then they realize and confess how much they love each other.

Ruby GillisEdit

Ruby idolizes Gilbert for his handsome features. Gilbert acknowledges Ruby out of politeness, but does not return her feelings. 

Sebastian LacroixEdit

Gilbert meets Sebastian during his travels working on a ship. They bond quickly after Gilbert promises to stop constantly singing so that Sebastian won't lose his job. Sebastian shows him the way around Trinidad (Sebastian's home), even allowing Gilbert to meet his mother (who is held in slavery). Upon returning to Avonlea during the winter, Sebastian stays in Gilbert's house, and helps him with the farm.

Mary LacroixEdit

When Gilbert realized that Sebastian, and Mary had fallen in love he was happy, and helped them be together, and with their newborn daughter Delphine. When Mary died Gilbert, along with many other people was very sad.

Winifred RoseEdit

Winifred Rose is the clerk at Gilbert's medical apprenticeship. They develop a romantic relationship, however eventually Gilbert breaks up with her because he has feelings for Anne.

EtymologyEdit

Means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic words, gisil which means "pledge, hostage", and beraht which means "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.[1]

The surname Blythe comes from the Old English meaning of "happy, joyous, blithe".

Behind the scenesEdit

Portrayal

Trivia

  • The CBC website describes him as, Easy-going and confident, Gilbert Blythe is Anne's academic rival and popular leader in school. He appreciates and admires Anne because of all the ways she's different from everyone else.[2]

GalleryEdit

Anne of Green Gables Wiki has 368 images of Gilbert Blythe (view gallery).

AppearancesEdit

Season 1 (Anne with an E)

Season 2 (Anne with an E)

Season 3 (Anne with an E)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 638
  2. http://www.cbc.ca/anne/characters/gilbert-blythe

See alsoEdit

Individuals
Major characters
Billy Andrews · Jane Andrews · Diana Barry · Eliza Barry · William Barry · Jerry Baynard · Gilbert Blythe · Marilla Cuthbert
Matthew Cuthbert · Ruby Gillis · Ka’kwet · Sebastian Lacroix · Rachel Lynde · Cole Mackenzie · Mr. Phillips · Josie Pye
Anne Shirley · Miss Stacy
Minor characters
Aluk · Mr. Andrews · Mrs. Andrews · Prissy Andrews · Mr. Avery · Bank Manager · Minnie May Barry · Josephine Barry
Mr. Baynard · Mrs. Baynard · Father Beck · Mrs. Blewett · John Blythe · Tillie Boulter · Cecile Chaminade · Constance
Michael Cuthbert · Doctor · Mr. Dunlop · Malcolm Frost · Mr. Gillis · Mrs. Gillis · Mr. Hammond · Mrs. Hammond · Elijah Hanford
Jeannie · Mary Joe · Jocelyn · Kitpu · Delphine Lacroix · Hazel Lacroix · Mary Lacroix · Caleb Lynde · Thomas Lynde
Madam Lyudmila · Mrs. Mackenzie · Sister Maria · Matron · Mimikej · Minister · Mrs. Morrison · Nathaniel · Older Girl · Oqwatnuk
Paul #1 · Paul #2 · Pawnbroker · Mrs. Pye · Miss Rogerson · Rollings · Winifred Rose · Charlie Sloane · Mrs. Spencer
Moody Spurgeon · Mrs. Spurgeon · Stationmaster · Dr. Ward · Woman in Blue Top Hat
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