In Persuasion, what does the novel say about what an individual owes to his or her family?What does it take to be a good family member?
Anne Elliot has refused to marry Captain Wentworth because her friend Lady Russell has persuaded her to do so. Anne’s refusal proves that she valued her family principles over her own happiness. Furthermore, following Lady Russell’s advice, Anne was also respecting her late mother’s wishes since Lady Russell replaced her mother. Throughout the novel Anne shows her family duties, as for example, when she goes staying with her unsympathetic sister Mary. Anne’s attitude strongly contrasts with her sister Elisabeth, who follows her father to a more enjoyable journey to Bath.