Weissman, Cheryl Ann. Doubleness and Refrain in Persuasion. Austen, Jane. Persuasion: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism. Ed. Patricia Ann Meyer. Spacks. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2013. 286. Print.
Weissman’s initial comparison of Anne Elliot to Elizabeth Bennet calls forth an interesting comparison of character mentality and dynamic. Anne’s subtlety of action and judgement, in comparison with Elizabeth’s forwardness and unabashed choices in action, comes off as perhaps weaker in control over her own life, but stronger in psychological control. Anne’s meekness and quiet nature, never able to stand up for herself, lends itself to a certain judgement of character and social situation that gives her strength. Although her thought process is mostly internal, she has a mental ability unlike but perfectly able to match that of Elizabeth Bennet in its own way.
Austen, Jane. Persuasion: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism. Ed. Patricia Ann Meyer. Spacks. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2013. 165. Print.
In this conversation, Anne finally puts herself at risk. In her discussion of love and the dynamics of love between men and women, Anne expresses the sentiment that love in women doesn’t die out as it does in men indirectly to Wentworth. Despite even the passivity of such a discussion, in her position Anne is finally taking some modicum of control in her life and finding a way to express her undying affection.
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Upon first reading this, my reaction was a mixture of laughter and “oh no he didn’t!” I mean, OBVIOUSLY characters do this all the time in Austen’s novels, they say something entirely for the benefit of someone else who is eavesdropping. But it’s so TRUE! People do this stuff all the time. Maybe when they don’t have the courage to say something straight to a person’s face, definitely the case with Anne, in a way that is sneaky. I mean…a hazel-nut is being used as the metaphor for their relationship. Kinda funny.
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Persuasion. Jane Austen. Bantam Classic & Loveswept, 1984 (first published 1816).
Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy.
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Happily Ever After
There are couples that you are always happy to see together at the end, from all the Disney princess movies to Lizzie and Darcy, but there’s another Austen couple whose ending makes me so happy: Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth. I relate to Anne on a personal level and to see her struggle and finally get the man she truly loves always makes me smile.
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