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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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What does Persuasion say about what an individual owes to his or her family?

This question could be answered through the views of different male and female characters as far as what they claim their responsibilities to be. In the novel there is a lot of weight given to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 1:26 am UTC

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Does a good/bad husband have the same qualities as a good/bad wife, as seen in Jane Austen's Persuasion?

Even though Jane Austen shows in Persuasion that men and women have different roles, namely that men work or otherwise amuse themselves outside of the home while women work and entertain inside the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2013 7:07 am UTC

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What impact does the family have on the identities of its individual members?

In the novel Persuasion the identity of the family is defined by their peerage, name, and precedence in rank since they literally belong to the upper class. This being said, Sir Walter has given...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 12:18 am UTC

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What are Sir Walter Elliot's three daughters called?

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...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 11:16 am UTC

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How would one contrast Anne Elliot to Elizabeth (P&P) and Harriet (Emma)?

Anne is a more intelligent and less naive character than Harriet. She understands, at this point in her life, the deceptive nature of many of her friends, as well as the traps that can result from...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 12:13 am UTC

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In Persuasion, are people who act foolishly in the novel always to blame for their actions?

That depends on the character's rationale behind their action. One of the most foolish characters is Sir Walter, and Elizabeth would be his counterpart. In the case of Sir Walter, his foolish...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2010 7:34 am UTC

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In Persuasion, both male and female characters think about marriage, but are there differences between what the two...

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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When differences exist between the genders, what does the novel suggest are the causes?

In all of Jane Austen's novels whenever a difference comes up between the genders the causes are almost always associated with the historically social role that genders would be expected to...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 9:25 am UTC

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 To what extent is a person's identity determined by his or her family in the novel?(persuasion)

In the novel and in that time and place in history, your family name would establish the order of precedence in society. In the case of the Elliots, you can see how seriously Sir Walter took his...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2010 10:33 pm UTC

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In Persuasion, why doesn't Anne just leave her family and go live with Lady Russell?

This is a great question - I have often thought the same! It is clear from the very first chapter that Anne is mistreated abominably by her father and sisters. Note what is said about her (from her...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 7:50 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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Describe the life of women in Austen's England.

Each of Austen's novels present women of different social classes and differing personality traits and temperaments. Persuasion is no different in this respect. Mrs Clay represents a middle class...

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

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If Sir Walter's views and values are ridiculed, then what does Austen offer up instead, and what argument does Austen...

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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What is an analysis of Austen's Persuasion?

Austen never fully revised Persuasion, her last completed novel, so it is shorter than the four novels she published in her lifetime. If the earlier Pride and Prejudice was "light, bright, and...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 12:31 pm UTC

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In Persuasion, do individual characters manage to move out of the classes they were born into? If so, how?

The short answer to your question is - yes, individuals can change class. Sir Waler Elliot and Lady Russell are old-fashioned snobs who don't think you can change class, but their views are...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010 4:24 pm 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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What lessons did Anne Elliot learn from Mrs. Smith that she could share with Harriet (Emma) & Elizabeth (P &...

What a fun question! Harriet and Elizabeth have both been protected in their lives. Although Elizabeth is certainly not naive about the world, she has never experienced first-hand the suffering...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2007 10:55 pm UTC

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What role do those nearly-invisible servants play in the novel?

If you cite Lady Russell, the comforts of a perfect life include "journeys, London, servants, and horses". This being said, servants are to a family of snobs like the Elliot clan a huge luxury and...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2010 4:43 am UTC

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How is social networking structured within the context of family acquaintances in Persuasion?

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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In regards to Austen's Persuasion, what does it mean to be "in" a class?

In the era of the Napoleonic Wars, particularly in England, London was becoming a fast-paced society which was quite different from any other of the big cities. The English had its own system of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 2:20 am UTC

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In Persuasion, what does the state of a marriage reveal about the individuals in it?

The state of the marriage can reveal not only the individual's level of happiness, but the amount of effort and faith he or she is willing to put into it. A peaceful marriage suggests happiness. In...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010 12:16 pm UTC

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Does Persuasion have examples of how one can be rich and in the lower class or poor and in the upper class?

Particularly after the Industrial Revolution in England began, it was increasingly possible to be rich in a lower class. There isn't a good example of this in Persuasion because the central...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 10:33 am UTC

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Does Jane Austen portray in her novel Persuasion that a good wife would make a bad husband?

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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What makes for a good marriage in the novel?

It may depend on whose perspective. On Chapter 4 we find out that Anne had met CPT Wentworth in the Summer of 1806, fell in love with him, and he proposed to her. By this time, she had based her...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 12:48 am UTC

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Do characters in Austen's Persuasion have a real choice between acting foolishly and acting wisely?

Characters in Jane Austen's Persuasion do have real choices between acting foolishly and wisely as is demonstrated by the reunion between Anne and Wentworth. Anne acts wisely by keeping her focus...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2010 1:07 am UTC

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In Persuasion by Austen, both male and female characters spend time thinking about marriage, but do they want the...

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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 What would have to change to make such a story Persuasion plausible?

To make Persuasion a plausible story you may have to change the attitudes of the characters a bit. Although they are realistic characters who represent a reality of the time (the need to keep up...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2010 4:49 am UTC

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In Persuasion, is it possible to imagine a similar story in which the genders are reversed?

This question seems to be pointing towards the gender inequalities that existed in Austen's time in society. However, interestingly, I think that the story could have been written with the genders...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2010 7:11 pm UTC

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What does the idea below suggest about the ways the novel’s plot is or is not dependent on gender differences in...

Of course, Jane Austen would not have thought in terms of plot dependence (or lack of dependence) on gender differences; this is purely a contemporary thought construct. On the other hand,...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2010 5:47 am UTC

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Do they ever choose to act foolishly on purpose, and if so, why?

Like we've stated before to your question, it depends on which character you are referring to. The reason for this is because Jane Austen wrote with various purposes: First, she wanted to...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 10:23 am UTC

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How can we explain the awareness of some characters to actually change?

Jane Austen is nearly scientific in pairing characters and (contrastingly) mirroring them according to their level of what we, as readers, could dub "maturity". Wentworth changes because he is...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 9:58 am UTC

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How does Persuasion suggest that particular causes are in play and to what ends?

Three causes in play in Persuasion relate to the Elliot fortune, renting Kellynch, and Lady Russell's charge to care for Lady Elliot's daughters. In the first, Sir Walter's wasted fortune forced a...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 6:03 am UTC

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What does that suggest about beauty (or ugliness) as a character trait?

In most Austen novels we see how the characters who are less important are also described as "plain" or "not as beautiful" as the characters that serve as ornamental balances in contrast to the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2010 1:59 am UTC

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Why doesn't Anne just leave her family and go live with Lady Russell?

There are several reasons: First, Anne is a single woman. No unmarried woman is supposed to leave their household unless they are married. They are supposed to go from their father's house to their...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 5:58 am UTC

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Why did the author choose the title of Persuasion for this novel?      

According to some sources, the novel Persuasion was not titled by Jane Austen but by her editors, since she died before titling the story. However, one can see why the title is suitable. The power...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010 5:00 am UTC

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What does the older characters' perspective on their own youth say about their attitudes towards the currently young?

This is a bit of a tough cookie question because there is a lot of reminiscing among the older characters in the story, which makes us wonder if any of them have actually learned to let go of the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 8:41 am UTC

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What is the point of view of the 1995 film of Jane Austen's Persuasion, directed by Roger Michell?

Finding the point of view in film is actually a lot similar to finding the point of view in piece of writing. In writing, the narrator of the story reflects the point of view. If we see the story...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2013 7:47 am UTC

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Comment on Jane Austen's handling of the complex relation between character, plot and atmosphere/setting in Persuasion.

The first most notable relationship between character and atmosphere in Jane Austen's Persuasion is the beginning of the story. We are introduced to a country autumn setting and then we are...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 12:32 am UTC

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Justify the title of "Persuasion"  What does the author want to intepret?

The title of this novel has been discussed before. Please see the link below for more information:

Latest answer posted June 6, 2008 4:48 am UTC

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How does Austen present the ways in which society affects the individual in Persuasion? Here is a quotation to help...

In a sense, this book's major theme is on how the individual's life is impacted by society and in particular, social class. If we have a look at Sir Walter, Anne and Elizabeth, we see that each of...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 7:15 pm UTC

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Can the lessons learned from Harriet (Emma), Eliz. (P & P), & Anne (Persuasion) be applied to the experiences...

Anne is caught up in the world of peer pressure. She is swayed by the interests of her closest friends to give up on a man she deeply loves. Those interests are focused upon status and support -...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2007 1:00 am UTC

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Persuasion is Austen's last (complete) novel, and Anne Elliot is Austen's oldest and, arguably, her most mature...

Very interesting question. I have to wonder if Perusasion, as Austen's last novel, represents a move away from the flightier and more fiery heroines to a more mature and considered view on the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2010 5:31 am UTC

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