Self Confidence in the Episode “The Witch of Avonlea”

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “The Witch of Avonlea”, Anne finds herself in the spelling bee but her fear of letting down her team is getting to her.

Anne begins to doubt her abilities to do well in the spelling bee, causing her to believe she is cursed and has lost the ability to spell.  And a dream she has about her losing only further her doubts she will let everyone down at the spelling bee.  It is when she starts to believe in herself and her abilities that she is able to spell again.

Anne’s fear of letting down her team stems from her feelings that the team is only as good as its weakest link.  When she worries that she is the weakest link, it is then that she can’t spell anymore.  The best way to combat the doubt in abilities is to practice.  The more practice they can do then the more confidence they will build.  As everyone has strengths and weaknesses, it is important to understand it’s impossible to be great at everything.  But with the right amount of practice and a good attitude, any ability can be nurtured.

Anne also feels as though her team is counting on her to win, which adds pressure to the situation.  That pressure gives Anne a nervous feeling about the spelling bee instead of having fun with it.  Her nerves and lack of self confidence about spelling are what affect her the most.  It is when she starts to believe in herself and gets a positive attitude that her feelings about the spelling bee turn into something upbeat and fun!