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How are women portrayed and treated in Jane Austen's Persuasion?

A running theme in the novel, one that Anne Elliot vigorously disputes, is that women are inconstant: it is what Wentworth believes about Anne for breaking off their engagement seven years ago....

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 3:37 am UTC

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Discuss the themes of making decisions, social changes and relationships. Using quotation with close reference to the...

Persuasion, as the title (not chosen by Austen) indicates, deals centrally, with how people make decisions regarding relationships, and the forces, including social forces, that contribute to the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

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How are women presented in Jane Austen's Persuasion?

As in all of Austen's novels, women are presented differently depending on the character and nature of the woman. According to Austen's view, while high class women are confined to the home, not...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013 2:27 am UTC

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What is the point of view in Persuasion by Jane Austen?

Technically, Persuasion is told by an omniscient, third-person narrator who can get into the heads of all the various characters. However, practically speaking, the novel is almost entirely told...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019 8:11 pm UTC

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What are some examples of foolish behavior in Persuasion?

The novel mentions the word "foolish" particularly referring to people who make ridiculous and counter productive choices that ultimately affect their future. Wentworth called himself a foolish man...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2010 2:26 am UTC

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What is the central theme of Persuasion? 

The central theme of this novel is that a young person in love must weigh the feelings in her heart against the prudent advice of a trusted elder. The message is that love matters, and one must...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 8:01 pm UTC

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What techniques have been used in this passage of Jane Austen's Persuasion? “A little farther perseverance in...

A few literary techniques are used by Austen to highlight both Mary and Anne's characters. Austen tells us that Mary is a rather unattractive character: She had no resources for solitude; and...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2015 4:49 pm UTC

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How does the 2007 film adaptation of Persuasion by Adrian Shergold compare and contrast with Jane Austen's novel...

The 2007 version of the movie Persuasion is different from the book in several ways. The filmmakers adapted some things because of the changes in societal norms since the time of the original...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 10:07 pm UTC

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Comment on the significance of the title of the novel Persuasion by Jane Austen.  

"Persuasion" appropriately encapsulates the themes of Jane Austen’s novel. All of the characters are constantly trying to change someone else’s opinion or even their own opinion. Many of the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 10:46 pm UTC

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Who lived in the Great House at Uppercross ?

In Persuasion, Anne must stay with her sister, Mary, at Uppercross Cottage in the village of Uppercross when her father and sister, Elizabeth, retire to Bath. While Uppercross Cottage is the home...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 5:29 pm UTC

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What ideas of Romanticism are displayed in Persuasion? 

One way that Romantic ideals manifest themselves in Persuasion is in the undermining of the traditional importance of social rank. Romanticism was subversive of existing social structures in its...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 6:25 am UTC

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What is the significance of Jane Austen's chosen title Persuasion?  

In the exact same way that Austen's other titles indicate her novels' central themes, the title Persuasion indicates that Austen's central theme deals with Austen's perspective on a person's...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 8:44 am UTC

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What is the central theme in Jane Austen's Persuasion?

One central theme in Austen's Persuasion depicts the virtues and vices of being easily persuaded. Vices are brought out much more frequently than virtues. For instance, when earlier in her life...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 2:20 pm UTC

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How are social mobility and class rigidity portrayed in Persuasion by Jane Austen?

Almost all the characters in Persuasion are negatively affected by holding rigid views on English social hierarchy. Jane Austen lived in a time of great flux, when commerce (especially...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019 7:14 am UTC

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How does Jane Austen portray gender in her novel Persuasion?

Similar to her other novels, in Persuasion, Austen pinpoints differences in gender roles that were accepted in her society. However, she also points out that some people, regardless of gender, are...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2012 3:30 pm UTC

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Discuss Austen's novel Persuasion as social commentary or social criticism.

This novel, like many of Austen's works, acts as a social commentary on marriage and courtship in society. In many ways, this novel concerns itself with the vexing question of how we choose a...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 5:24 pm UTC

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Discuss the presentation of the theme of death in the novel Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Death is rebirth, as portrayed by Austen in Persuasion. It is through both literal and figurative deaths that the characters gain new opportunities to achieve success and happiness. Beginning...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2007 1:58 am UTC

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In Persuasion does the aristocracy perform any useful social functions? What is aristocracy's role in society?

Jane Austen, through her characters, makes some rather indirect conclusions about aristocracy and the unfair role that she felt they held in society. Being an aristocrat did not make you a good...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2010 4:47 am UTC

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Discuss the themes of constancy and long engagement in Persuasion.

I will begin with long engagement. At nineteen, Anne Elliot takes her aunt, Lady Russell's advice, to avoid the necessarily long marriage engagement she would have had with Captain Wentworth. At...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 10:56 am UTC

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Who are the major characters in Persuasion? Describe the characters who change from the beginning to end of the novel.

Since the novel's title, "persuasion", implies that people are being persuaded, or made to change their opinion or actions by others, the development of characters is the major preoccupation of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2009 11:16 am UTC

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How do either the 1995 or 2007 film adaptations of Persuasion compare and contrast with Jane Austen's original work?...

The 2007 version of Austen's Persuasion is similar to the novel in following its general plot of a woman, Anne Eliot, and her once fiance, Captain Wentworth, reuniting and falling in love years...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018 1:23 pm UTC

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In Chapter 23 of Persuasion, how do Anne and Wentworth learn something about each other from Harville, and what is...

Captain Harville is distressed in Chapter 23 of Persuasion because of Captain Benwick's change of affections from Miss Fanny Harville to Louisa. In this state, he invites Anne to stand beside him...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2010 4:19 am UTC

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In Jane Austen's Persuasion, how does the novel relate the innateness of beauty to social class?

Austen's characterizations help to show that what she considers an attribute of high social class, is not necessarily physical beauty, but beauty in mind and character.In the cases of Sir Walter...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 1:42 pm UTC

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Consider the quote below from Persuasion. Is this Anne’s perspective or Jane Austen’s? Anne's observations and...

One of the key aspects to realise about Jane Austen as a writer is that she is a narrator who insists on being there right along with the action, and putting a good or a bad word in for a number of...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 6:52 pm UTC

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What would Anne Elliot of Jane Austen's Persuasion share with Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice about class...

Anne Elliot of Persuasion is a member of the noble class. Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice is also a member of the upper class, but a rank lower than Anne as Elizabeth is a landowning...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2012 12:22 am UTC

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How is title of the novel "Persuasion" an appropriate one?

Persuasion is a novel about second chances. It was Jane Austen's last work. She wrote it during her illness which led to the end of her life at the young age of 42.Jane Austen, was perhaps...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2008 6:55 am UTC

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In Persuasion, when characters manage to move between social classes, do they move up or down?

Class mobility--moving between classes--might work in both directions in the period covered in Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion. People from lower classes might move to higher classes...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 8:54 am UTC

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How does rationality amplify the persuasion theme in Jane Austen's novel, Persuasion?

Throughout Persuasion, Anne Elliot observes just how irrational others are around her, regardless of how rational the characters think they are. We especially see rationality, or irrationality,...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2013 7:24 am UTC

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In Persuasion, what rhetorical and narrative techniques does Austen employ in her novel? How do they affect the...

As is always the case in her novels, Austen uses narrative point of view to direct how we understand the story that unfolds. In this case, she tells the story largely through the eyes of Anne...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 11:54 pm UTC

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Sir Walter approves Elizabeth's friendship with Mrs. Clay in Persuasion, but not Anne's friendship with Mrs. Smith. ...

Mrs. Clay is wily and sufficiently flattering to Sir Walter that she deceives him (and Elizabeth) into thinking she is trustworthy as well as worthy of the family's attention. She is also the...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2010 5:26 am UTC

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What does class and social mobility say about the characters in Persuasion?

It is clear from the opening chapter of this book that class and social mobility are key concepts that govern the actions of the characters and in particular are massively important when related to...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013 6:53 am UTC

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In Persuasion by Jane Austen, what makes his friendship with Lady Russell and Mrs. Clay different in Sir Walter's eyes?

Sir Walter Elliot has had a long and steady friendship with Lady Russell that dates back to his wife's lifetime. Indeed, Lady Russell was the particular friend of Lady Elliott and through that...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2010 5:36 am UTC

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Do Jane Austen's characters in Persuasion create a consistent idea of folly in the novel or are there some instances...

Those characters whom Austen designs to be living by folly are certainly consistent at it! Yet there are other characters who combine elements of folly with sense who, from a casual reading, may...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2010 11:34 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast lessons learned by Anne Elliot in "Persuasion", Harriet in "Emma", and Elizabeth Bennett in...

All three of these women are influenced by the opinions of others, and it is much to their detriment throughout the novels. Anne Elliot is influnced by her friend and mentor to not accept her...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2009 1:25 pm UTC

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What is the tone of this novel?

More than in any of Austen's other novels, there is an autumnal, melancholy, plaintive tone through much of this last completed work. Unlike in Austen's earlier novels—which capture the heroines...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between Sir Walter Elliot in Persuasion and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice?

Both of these characters are used by Austen to parody the upper classes and their pretension, hypocrisy and arrogance. From the very first paragraph of the novel, Sir Walter Elliot is shown to be a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2013 7:07 am UTC

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Is there a connection between appearance and identity in Persuasion by Jane Austen?

Sir Walter Elliot certainly thinks there is a connection between appearance and identity. His deep distresses are the little crows-feet line about Lady Russell's temples and Mary's coarse skin:...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 5:23 am UTC

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What role does a syllogism play in Persuasion?

A syllogism can play a role in persuasion, but they have to be worded carefully. The general formula is: 1. Major Premise 2. Minor Premise 3. Conclusion Example: 1. All humans are mammals. (All A...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009 6:40 am UTC

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What parallels are there between the novel Persuasion and Jane Austen's life?

One parallel we see between Jane Austen's own life and her heroine of Persuasion, Anne, is with respect to love and marriage. Similar to Anne, early in life, Austen fell in love with a man named...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013 5:48 am UTC

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Are husbands and wives mirrors of each other in Persuasion?

In the story the biggest lesson we learn is that the only matches who will work in the story (similarly to all of Austen's novels) will be the matches made for love, despite of what others say of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 2:45 am UTC

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The Crofts are portrayed as one of the few happily married couples in the novel. What is it about their relationship...

The Crofts are portrayed as one of the few happily married couples in the novel. Unlike so many of the others who have married because it is the expedient thing to do or for financial reasons, they...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 4:04 am UTC

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Is youth contrasted to maturity in the novel?

You could say that youth is contrasted to maturity, for example, in the novel because Anne is the epitome of modern practice while other characters such as Mrs. Smith are still stuck in the old...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 8:51 am UTC

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How does Persuasion define domestic virtues? And how does the novel set up the relationship between domestic virtue,...

The vision of domesticity that Jane Austen presents in Persuasion relates almost exclusively to upper-class English people. There is a clear separation between male and female worlds in regard to...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 7:16 am UTC

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Regarding class and social status, which of the characters from Persuasion (Admiral Croft, Anne Elliot, Mrs. Smith,...

If by "fares well" you mean is judged most kindly by the narrative voice, I'd say that Mrs. Smith fares the best. She is approved of for her manners even in difficult circumstances.By...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2007 9:53 am UTC

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In Persuasion, how is friendship contrasted to family in the novel?

This is a very interesting question to think about in relation to this novel, as it is clear that Anne gains little from her family. Note how she is described as being "nobody" to her father or...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2010 9:28 pm UTC

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Are the friendships among men different from those among women in Persuasion?

In the story, as well as in Austen's society, men had to be more careful than women when selecting their friendships. Friends were not only amicable companions, but also endpoints for networking,...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2010 10:17 pm UTC

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How do the friendships between males and females relate to how  Persuasion deals with gender overall?

When Anne goes to Lyme and the Musgroves meet with CPT Wentworth's friends, both males and females met and seem to have found a good sense of camaraderie. In fact, Anne claims that he could have...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2010 4:06 am UTC

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What is an example from Persuasion of what the state of a marriage reveals about the individuals in it?

A clear example of what the state of a marriage reveals about the individuals in it is the case of Mrs. Smith. On Chapter 17, when Anne goes to visit Bath, she encounters her good friend and former...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 12:12 am UTC

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In Jane Austen's Persuasion, are there significant differences between the marriages of the older generation and the...

In Persuasion, for both the older generation characters and the younger ones, the reasons for marrying remain pretty much the same. The first reason is for financial well-being, the second reason...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2012 8:18 am UTC

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In Persuasion, what is the relationship between class and money?

In Jane Austen's era, as is demonstrated in Persuasion, the relationship between class and money is a distinct, direct and important one. As Lady Russell admonishes, without wealth, a person cannot...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 10:02 am UTC

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