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What is the development of Fanny's relationship with Edmund in Mansfield Park?

By the time Fanny reaches adulthood, her love for Edmund is a foregone conclusion. At the time, however, Edmund’s attention is distracted by Mary Crawford, who appears to be everything that Fanny...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 8:21 pm UTC

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Discuss Mansfield Park as a social document

Mansfield Park has become famous in recent decades as a critique of slavery. Part of the plot hinges on Sir Thomas's journey to Antigua to personally visit his plantation, a plantation run by slave...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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In Mansfield Park, why was Mrs. Norris so horrible to Fanny, when she was so quick to take her in at the beginning of...

The division of gratifying sensations ought not, in strict justice, to have been equal; for Sir Thomas was fully resolved to be the real and consistent patron of the selected child, and Mrs....

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 9:46 am UTC

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In Mansfield Park, analyze the relationship between Mary and Edmund. Do these characters have a didactic purpose for...

In Mansfield Park, the relationship between Mary and Edmund serves as a catalyst for Edmund’s character development. Edmund is the younger son who will never inherit his father’s property. He meets...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2020 11:57 pm UTC

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In the novel Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, how can Fanny and Edmund fall in love and marry eacth other if they are...

Historically, it was quite common for individuals to marry cousins. It was only after the sciences became more developed in the 19th century (1800s) that the risks of near-relation marriages were...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 6:21 am UTC

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What are the expectations and statuses of women that Jane Austen portrays in Mansfield Park?

Like her other novels, Austen points out that the expectation of women is to marry well. In other words, middle class and genteel women were expected to marry men who were independently wealthy and...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012 10:19 am UTC

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What is the significance of the setting of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park? the place being countryside or city.

Mansfield Park, an old-fashioned country estate set in a rural area, is where most of the action of the novel occurs. It is posited as a place purer and more innocent than the city. The city is...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018 9:13 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the play Lover's Vows, and what does it reveal about each character in Mansfield Park?

Lover's Vows is a play that is significant because it reveals information about the integrity of the main characters in the novel. First, it is a play that the family knows their father, Sir...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 6:16 pm UTC

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Is the ending of Mansfield Park forced?

While many a reader has wished Mary Crawford to marry Edmund and Fanny to marry Henry, the ending is not forced. Rather, the characters receive their (mostly) just desserts based on character flaws...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017 4:05 am UTC

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Comment on the irony and satire in Mansefield Park.

You might like to think about the way in which Austen uses the motif of acting and drama as a way of satirising the gap between sincerity and insincerity in this excellent novel. We are presented...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 2:43 pm UTC

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Explain Jane Austen's views on nineteenth century women in terms of Mansfield Park. 

The greatest expectation of women in the nineteenth century was to ensure a comfortable and respectable future through marriage. In fact, it was almost a "moral obligation," and Mansfield Park...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2014 6:51 am UTC

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What is the moral element in Mansfield Park by Jane Austen that makes it a moral novel?  

If I understand your question correctly (which I rewrote a bit), you want to identify the elements of Mansfield Park that lead some to classify it as a novel about morality, or a moral novel....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

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Reasons of the importance of Mansfield Park at its time or in its society? What is the relevance that makes it such a...

It is actually difficult to argue the points of importance and relevance because the reception to this novel in Austen's time was cool. Reviews were brief and neutral without great criticism yet...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 3:54 am UTC

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How does Fanny Price relate to social class?

Fanny Price was described even by Austen's family and friends as insipid and timid. But is that all that Fanny Price is? Is Fanny Price's role simply to illustrate a morality tale in which being...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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What different kinds of marriages are depicted in Mansfield Park, and what qualities are important in choosing a...

It might be argued that marriage is the core of Jane Austen's favorite themes. There are many kinds of marriages depicted in Mansfield Park. One is the spiritually and monetarily frugal and...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 1:09 pm UTC

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In Mansfield Park, what does Jane Austen mean in the following passage? Children of the same family, the same blood,...

This passage refers to Fanny's relationship with her younger brother, William Price. The first line,"Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012 8:20 am UTC

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What is Edmund and Fanny's relationship during the play scene like?

At first, Fanny and Edmund are united in their opposition to the idea of doing such a racy play as Lovers' Vows as a family theatrical. Both are, at first, adamant in their refusal to participate....

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018 11:29 am UTC

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How can I write a successful topic essay on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen? Mansfield Park is the novel I will be...

A successful essay in literature has an Introduction that conveys the Who/What, Where/When, Why and How of your essay. Your Introduction, a generally short paragraph (generally acknowledged as 5 -...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 7:03 am UTC

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Does Sir Thomas Bertram Punish Fanny for Refusing Crawford?

In an often misunderstood novel, Sir Thomas Bertram's reaction to Fanny's refusal of Crawford's declaration of love is an often misunderstood element. That Fanny does refuse is easily understood by...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Explain briefly the important parts in the plot of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The heroine Fanny Price lives with Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, her wealthy Aunt and Uncle, and her cousins at their estate, at Mansfield Park. Fanny is a pious evangelical and is in love with...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2012 3:03 pm UTC

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Relate Mansfield Park to Cinderella, and describe what Austen might have intended by evoking this theme.

In Mansfield Park, Fanny Price is the poor relation of an upper-class family. She comes to live with the Bertrams at the age of ten and, although she meets with a mixed reception, her cousins,...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 4:42 am UTC

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How is Fanny presented as unlikeable in Mansfield Park?

Unlike many of Jane Austen's heroines, Fanny Price isn't feisty, assertive, or especially striking in her personality. She's one of life's outsiders, hanging around the periphery of Mansfield Park...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 10:50 am UTC

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In Mansfield Park, analyze the relationship between Fanny and Edmund. Do these characters have a didactic purpose for...

Fanny and Edmund strike up a friendship based on the older Edmund's awareness of Fanny's neediness as a poor relation living in the Bertram household with no adult capable of looking after her...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 7:29 pm UTC

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Briefly comment on the necklace episode.

Unbeknownst to Fanny, with sincere yet overly self-diffident ways, Miss Crawford has a plan afoot and is manipulating Fanny into behaving as she, Miss Crawford, desires her to do by taking...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009 11:44 am UTC

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What is Fanny's preferred form of exercise in Mansfield Park?

Fanny's preferred form of exercise is horseback riding. It was very common for women to ride as a form of exercise during this time period. Fanny originally rode an old grey pony, but, as...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 7:07 am UTC

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Compare Austen’s representations of female independence in Fanny Price and Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park.

Fanny Price represents internal moral freedom while Mary Crawford represents external independence. Fanny, the poor, dependent cousin living in the wealthy Bertram household, has been trained to be...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 12:16 pm UTC

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Who is fanny? Who or what does she represent in the novel? What does Austen use her to highlight in the novel?

Fanny Price is the poor relation the Bertrams take into their wealthy home to raise. The novel is told almost entirely from her point of view. Fanny highlights the plight of the poor relation. She...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 7:47 pm UTC

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There are many relationships in Mansfield Park. Choose one of the relationships that stand out in the novel and...

Throughout Mansfield Park, the developing relationship between Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram is a central thread in the plot. Fanny, whose parents are poor, goes to live with the well-to-do...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020 5:52 am UTC

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How does the "Lovers' Vows" play reflect on the characters and relationships at Mansfield Park?

Elizabeth's Inchbald's Lovers' Vows loosely parallels some of the plot points of Mansfield Park. For instance, Maria Bertram, who plays Agatha, ends up like Agatha, having an affair outside of...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 11:59 am UTC

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Fanny Is Fanny Price a tedious bore or is she a free spirited and independent joy? Or neither?

She is kind of irritating. However, I would argue that she symbolizes- or satirizes- a typical Victorian girl. She is caught between the fantasy and the reality of her situation.

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 3:51 am UTC

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Analyze a character in the film version of Mansfield Park and compare it with their characterization in the novel....

There are at least three film adaptations of Mansfield Park, and the question does not specify which film. Two adaptations were TV movies, so the 1999 film is probably the one in question. In the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 12:13 pm UTC

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When was Austen's Mansfield Park published?

The novel Mansfield Park was written by Jane Austen. She wrote the novel while staying at Chawton Cottage in Alton, Hampshire in the United Kingdom. Austen wrote the novel between 1812 and 1814....

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 4:11 am UTC

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In Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, how does Henry's character develop or remain the same throughout the novel? What is...

Henry Crawford's character remains the same throughout the novel, though there is a time when he seems on the road to reforming himself. Henry is a bored, wealthy, worldly young man who comes with...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 12:32 pm UTC

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How were the Bertram children in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park educated in terms of both formal and moral education?

Typical of the education for that time period, Fanny's two girl cousins, Maria and Julia Bertram were educated at home by a governess and even tutors. We first learn that the girls were being...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 6:32 am UTC

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What is Fanny's childhood home in Portsmouth like compared to her life at Mansfield? What is the meaning of her trip...

Fanny's childhood home in Portsmouth is a complete contrast to her home at Mansfield Park. Although Fanny initially looks forward to seeing her childhood home and spending time with her family,...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 6:00 pm UTC

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Analyze the character Fanny in the film Mansfield Park and compare it with the characterization of this character in...

Rozema's 1999 Mansfield Park is an eye-poppingly imaginative take on the original story. The original story is an exploration of the impact on a child's personality and character of being raised in...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 9:12 pm UTC

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In Mansfield Park how and how far does Jane Austen challenge her readers to examine values?

All the various definitions of "challenge" include the concept of intentional antagonism of one sort or another, for example, challenge to take up a dispute, to prove/disprove the truth or validity...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2013 6:59 am UTC

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To what extent does Jane Austen challenge her readers to examine values, as seen in Mansfield Park?

One way in which Jane Austen challenges her readers to examine values is by pointing out the lack of principles and ethics in certain characters, which is especially seen in Mansfield Park. In...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013 9:35 pm UTC

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