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

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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 Anne, at the age of 19, fell in love with Wentworth, Lady Russell persuaded her not to enter an engagement because he had no fortune. His plan was to earn his fortune in the Navy, but that would have made their engagement a long one. However, Lady Russell's decision had such a negative effect on Anne that she became depressed and lost her bloom early so that she was now "faded and thin" (Ch. 1). At the age of 27, Anne now...

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