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Jane Austen

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persuasion-jane-austenRomanceFriendshipMarriedSir Walter ElliotVain, pompous father; ruins his familys fortunes Captain Frederick WentworthRich, popular naval officer; convinced that Anne has forgotten himLouisa MusgroveFrisky and impulsive woman; has her heart set on Captain Wentworth Mary Elliot MusgroveAnnes younger sister; social climber and neglectful mother William ElliotSir Walter Elliots suave heir; pursues AnneElizabeth ElliotAnnes older sister; socially ambitious and self-centered Lady RussellMrs. Elliots best friend; has firm ideas of what is right for Anne Captain BenwickCharles MusgroveCharles HayterHenrietta MusgrovePersuasionby the NumbersYears Austen lived in Bath, England, the principal setting in PersuasionAnne Elliots age at the beginning of the novelAusten brothers who served in the Royal Navy, giving Jane fodder for Wentworths characterAusten quotations that appeared in the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary~700~5272WalksLong strolls offer time for personal reflection, character growth, and private conversations. Pursuit of MarriageCharacters view marriage as a way of maintaining or changing the social order. IllnessCaregivers reassess relationships and ponder the nature of duty to others.MotifsThemesPersuasionAnne and Frederick must overcome a shared history of disappointment and distrust. Upward MobilityMilitary men can improve their social status—but a womans depends on her marriage. FoolishnessMr. Elliot brings financial ruin on his family but still clings to outmoded ideas of whats due to him. Sources: The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen, edited by David M. Shapard, Jane Austen Centre, Jane Austen and the Oxford English Dictionary by Charlotte Brewer, The Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom, The Victorian WebCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Narrator, Chapter 4 he had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.Austen was born in Hampshire, England, and at age 12 she began writing—a career that was unusual for women at the time. Although her love life is a mystery, themes of love and marriage pervade her six popular novels, which offer a window into social conventions of the era. Austens brother published Persuasion after her death.AuthorJANE AUSTEN1775–1817When Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth fall in love, family and friends persuade Anne to break the engagement because of Wentworths low status. Once Wentworth has become a prosperous sea captain, the union becomes socially acceptable—but Anne must find out if the captain will forgive her for jilting him years earlier.Rekindled RomanceMAIN CHARACTERSJane Austen1817EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguagePersuasionRomanceAnne ElliotPrudent, practical woman; rejected Wentworth but still loves him

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