Dweh 1Nora DwehFolsomMajor Author: Jane Austen March 21, 2017Mansfield Park: Fanny Returns to Portsmouth In Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, readers are first introduced to Fanny Price as a young ten year old girl who was saddened to leave her home and former way of life in Portsmouth. As the novel advances, we see Fanny’s character develop into a gentle and observant member of the Mansfield household. Although introverted, she provides companionship to her aunt, Lady Bertram, and develops a deeply meaningful relationship with her older male cousin Edmund. Slowly but surely, she manages to warm her way into the hearts of most of the other residents and members of Mansfield Park. It will be years later before Fanny is granted with the opportunity to return for a visit to her siblings and parents. Years before she would be able to revisit a way of life that she once called “home.” This paper seeks to analyze, as well as invite discussion and interpretation, of Fanny’s homecoming to Portsmouth. Fanny Price’s sudden visitation to her home and former way of life was not produced out of her own will. Her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, was the reason behind her going home. Priding himself on being a man “of pride as well as principle” (Austen), Sir Thomas devised a plan which he called a “medicinal project upon his niece’s understanding” (Austen). He hoped that having Fanny return to Portsmouth for a few months would get her to realize and value the fact that she had become so acclimated to the finer things in life. He hopes that this visit will influence her judgment and make her want to marry Henry Crawford so that she can continue living in wealth and a home of her own of greater permanence (Austen).