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Persuasion

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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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"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...

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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...

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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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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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In late eighteenth- to early nineteenth-century England, when Jane Austen was writing, women had limited legal, social, and economic opportunities/status compared to men. However, there was...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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...

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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:...

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Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion is one centred on the concept of place, both social and geographical. In the rural upper class society that Austen describes, social place was associated with...

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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...

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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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In terms of the plot, Mrs. Smith is vital in providing some much needed background information on the other characters. She is the one to let Anne know the dealings with the younger Mr. Elliot,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2007, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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,...

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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...

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Darker elements of Persuasion include Louisa Musgrove's serious head injury, Mrs. Smith's poverty, and such details as the largely unmourned Dick Musgrove, who died at sea. While Austen speaks...

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The main popular element in Persuasion is its love story. Almost every one loves a "second chance at love" theme, and the main action of the novel involves the rekindling of the romance between...

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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...

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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...

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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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It is when it comes to financial independence that very often--but not always--male and female characters want different things from marriage in Persuasion. It is true that female characters like...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2010, 7:23 am (UTC)

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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...

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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 Persuasion, as in her other novels, Austen offers up an ideal of gentility based on character, ethics, taste and behaviour rather than simply birth. For her, a person with a well-informed mind,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2011, 8:25 am (UTC)

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The social networking that occurs in the novel can be compared to a web. Each endpoint will have someone who will benefit something or someone else in the story. In the case of Anne, the endpoints...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2010, 9:44 pm (UTC)

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Anne Elliot in Jane Austen's Persuasion might very well tell Harriet in Emma and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice to be well aware that appearances are not always reality and that many men...

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The answer to this question relevant to Persuasion is as subjective as it is to contemporary males and females. People want various things from marriage depending upon their values, moral...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2010, 4:55 am (UTC)

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Austin's treatment of class and social mobility reflect the attitude of the times, yet also seem to challenge these standards. Sir Walter exemplifies the snobbery of those in a certain social...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2007, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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If you're looking for articles on Persuasion, what you're really looking for is literary criticism. Literary criticism is any "evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary...

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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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Anne is described as having the qualities that make the best wife. She is caring, sensitive, motherly, intelligent, sensible, and gives good advice. In fact it is stated that she has "an elegance...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012, 3:01 pm (UTC)

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Sir Walter Elliot was borne three daughters by his wife, Elizabeth, Lady Elliot. The pair were married in 1784, and Elizabeth produced four children: one of these was a boy, who was dead at the...

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