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Unformatted text preview: Crafting Mrs. Croft: Using Mrs. Croft as a Model Figure for Anne in Persuasion Jane Austens authorial voice can be seen throughout the novel Persuasion . She uses various characters to display her radical opinions and views of women in society. In particular, the character of Mrs. Croft outspokenly voices her views on equal responsibility in marriage, feminist ideals, and gives Anne an alternate model of femininity. After Anne sees Mrs. Croft take over the reins from Mr. Croft, Anne, with some amusement at their style of driving imagined no bad representation of the general guidance of their affairs (86). It is only through the character of Mrs. Croft that ultimately allows Anne to break away from social norms and marry Wentworth because Anne sees the uprising of womens rights through Mrs. Croft. It is only because of Annes upbringing from her father Mr. Elliot that has made Anne to be socially confined. Mr. Elliot outspokenly voices his negative opinions of the Navy, which gives Anne the notion that the Navy is lower class; First, as a means of bringing persons of obscure birth into...
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