Place - Nicole Leung Berghof Humanities Core 1A Thinking...

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Nicole Leung Berghof Humanities Core 1A November 23, 2009 Thinking about Place in Jane Austen’s Persuasion Travelling increases our knowledge and opens our eyes to the rest of the world. Often, our travel leads us to many new places that challenge our initial, conventional ways of thinking. We are forced to submerge ourselves into a completely new and different environment full of unfamiliar things and use our old experiences to help us find ways to accommodate ourselves into these new experiences. In the novel Persuasion by Jane Austen, attention is often focused on the places of the characters. However Austen does not define place as only a person’s location in the world, but as one’s place both geographically and within the social hierarchy. On the geographic level, attention is often placed on the various travels of the characters. Every journey serves as a purpose in showing how different places affect each of the characters’ behaviors and thinking. Austen uses travel as a means of creating new experiences for the characters. Each change in setting tests the characters’ abilities to use both their old experiences and new experiences to help them make judgments about their current location. On the social hierarchy level, social status is taken very seriously during the time that this novel took place. Social status pretty much determines how each of the characters shall live for the rest of their lives. Because of this, the characters are forced to deal with changes and threats to their social status as they
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course HUM CORE 1A taught by Professor Lupton during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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