Essays On Jane Austens Persuasion

Jane Austen's Persuasion Essay

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In the early 1800s Jane Austen wrote what would be her last novel, Persuasion. Persuasion is set during the “Georgian Society” which greatly affects the character's views and actions throughout the novel. Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth quickly fell in love when Anne was just nineteen years old, but because he wasn't wealthy enough, Anne was not given the permission by her father, Sir Walter, to marry him. Eight years after this incident, the roles have reversed; Sir Walter has lost all of his money and Frederick Wentworth is now known as Captain Wentworth. Throughout the novel, Anne tries to overcome struggles with social class in order to fulfill her longing of being with Captain Wentworth. Therese Anderson's statement about the…show more content…

In the early 1800s Jane Austen wrote what would be her last novel, Persuasion. Persuasion is set during the “Georgian Society” which greatly affects the character's views and actions throughout the novel. Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth quickly fell in love when Anne was just nineteen years old, but because he wasn't wealthy enough, Anne was not given the permission by her father, Sir Walter, to marry him. Eight years after this incident, the roles have reversed; Sir Walter has lost all of his money and Frederick Wentworth is now known as Captain Wentworth. Throughout the novel, Anne tries to overcome struggles with social class in order to fulfill her longing of being with Captain Wentworth. Therese Anderson's statement about the foundation of society in “The Importance of Class and Money” justifies the actions of those in Persuasion. “Marx argued that the real foundation of society was the economic structure, that political and legal superstructures rose from this... it is on the contrary their social existence which determines their consciousness” (1-2). Sir Walter focuses only on the economic factor which is what creates his narcissistic personality. Because of Captain Wentworth's lack of social class, Anne Elliot is unable to further her love and commitment for him. Jane Austen uses heavy irony throughout the plot line to show that there is no correlation between the amount of money one has and their quality of love. The difference in social class between Anne

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As she does in her other novels, in Persuasion Jane Austen focuses her attention on the subjects that concern her most: love and marriage. Anne Elliot’s story is but a variation on the theme that consumed Austen’s creative energies all of her life. She is interested in the proper relationships between the sexes; her exploration of Anne’s trials in overcoming the prejudices of her contemporaries gives her ample opportunity to probe deeply into the conventions of a social world seemingly secure in its understanding of the proper role of men and women at every level in a highly structured society.

In more than a half dozen major male-female relationships, Austen examines the ways in which men and women accommodate to courtship and married life. She offers readers an idea of the ideal marriage in her portrait of Admiral and Mrs. Croft; she displays the tribulations of family life in her description of the home of Charles Musgrove and his wife Mary, Anne’s youngest sister. She explores the insidious nature of marriages made for social gain in episodes involving Sir Walter and Mrs. Clay, the Musgrove sisters, and Anne herself when she is pursued by her cousin William Walter Elliot, presumptive heir to Sir Walter’s title and estates.

The social circle of the Elliots, the Musgroves, and their friends is but a small slice of the larger English nation; often described as a miniaturist, Austen focuses her attention on a stratum of the middle class tightly bordered by the petty nobility at one extreme and the working-class gentlefolk at the other. No kings or dukes inhabit the novel, and the servant class, though mentioned, gets...

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