Does the novel reinforce or undermine the idea that beauty is important? Or, if it does both, is there a way to resolve that contradiction?
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Indeed the novel undermines the value of beauty. The ironic tone in the first chapter shows that beauty, as a sole attribute is not valued. In fact, the narrator voice comments on Sir Walter Elliot as being vain, showing in Volume I, Chapter I: “Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot’s character.” On the other hand, Anne Elliot, the protagonist, is someone who might have lost her bloom. However, unlike her father, her moral attributes are valued throughout the novel, and they surpass the mere physical features.
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