Lucy Maud Montgomery's novels with young female protagonists are usually considered by critics to be indistinguishable. The assumption is inaccurate; these works vary in their characterization of heroine, their development and resolution of conflict, and their narrative tone. The variations, moreover, are directly related to Montgomery's own changing attitude about fiction, which altered as she responded to the developments of the twentieth-century world. This thesis outlines the variations among the young heroines' development, and illustrates the connection of each to the author's own beliefs at the time of the novel's composition. Such a study repudiates the assumption that these works cannot be differentiated, and establishes Montgomery's fiction in the more revealing context of its relation to her own responses to life and art.