The Power of Persuasion As individuals in life, many must face contradiction with their values in accordance to those surrounding them, such is the case with Anne Elliot. Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a story portraying the conflict between giving in and standing up against persuasion. Ultimately, a person must persist against all other opinions and act upon their own will as Anne Elliot does. Austen portrays a character arc of coming of age through Anne, an acceptance and advance towards the things that will influence her happiness. She must go through the journey first though and prepare herself just as any hero.
Sentence Assessment Task Rhetorical Analysis: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Austen) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Austen’s famous statement on marriage and equality continues to resonate in modern society. In comparison to today, the Victorian era significantly suppressed women’s rights (Hughes). However, Austen juxtaposes that idea by stating that it is the man, no matter how wealthy, who ‘must be in want of a wife.’ By saying ‘must’ (word choice) and stating that he has a ‘good fortune’, she is using pathos to attack the male psychology and challenge the meaning of being a complete man. This controversial statement can grab the attention of most male readers.
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses her wit to attract readers deeply. Different from other authors, Austen portrays characters vividly and every character’s personality is distinct from each other. We also can find humor everywhere in Pride and Prejudice that Austen expresses through conversations between characters. The dialogue always makes readers smile knowingly because it reminds us the social issues behind the words. In addition, Austen uses a variety of ironies to express her own view on characters, both in her book and in her society.
Austen maintained her credibility on the significant subjects in her time by doing so. Analyzing how the characters engage with their culture can show how Austen experienced life. The characters, events and locations presented throughout Persuasion reveal Jane Austen’s real life experiences of a women living in England during the 19th century. Jane Austen was the seventh out of eight children and second daughter born to George and Cassandra Austen. Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England in 1775 where she spent most of her life as a child and teen (Biography).
It goes without saying that Anne was a thoughtful and understanding person who possesses a high level of wisdom and maturity. One can find examples of such characteristics, though her thoughts, words, and actions while she was in the annex; the words that she spoke and did take a large amount of courage and maturity, more than adults possess. A famous quote of hers states that “No one has ever become poor from giving.” Such thoughts show astounding levels of intelligence and maturity. More impressive is that she was able to develop such characteristics at such a young age. The occurrences that she experienced while during 14 years amounts to more than nearly all people experience during an entire lifetime.
“I wish you could persuade Mary not to be always fancying herself ill” (Austen 42). These are Charles Musgrove’s exasperated words to Anne Elliot concerning his valetudinarian wife. Throughout her novel Persuasion, Jane Austen writes much about Mary Musgrove’s grievances against unsuitable conditions, ranging from supposed illness to mistreatment by others. By infusing the caricature of Mary with an unwavering obsession and discontent with her health, reputation and situation, Austen shows that victim mentality leads only to childish and self-serving behavior. Mary is inordinately self-absorbed, especially regarding her own health.
Hence, the fixed notions depicted in the beginning of the novel, mainly by Elizabeth and Darcy, influence the various relationships between characters prompting the progression of the storyline. (Lane 2015) The original title of Austen’s novel is First Impressions, making the theme evidently significant, but is now rephrased to Pride and Prejudice. To begin with, the most prominent theme in the story is the initial thoughts of major characters affect the plot and influence the main scheme of the novel greatly. Elizabeth’s main perception of Darcy immerges from an overheard conversation Darcy has with his virtuous friend, Mr. Bingley. Darcy initially insults Elizabeth for being of the Bennet family when Bingley persuades him to dance with her.
Jane Austen has attracted a great deal of critical attention in recent years. Many critics have given their view points and analysis about the strengths and weaknesses of her characters, particularly her heroines. Austen has been cast as both a friend and foe to the rights of women. Others feel that her marriage plots are representative of her allegiance to the social situation of her time. Without examining the eighteenth century English society, we cannot make analysis on the Austen as an author.
Manners were an important aspect to the upper class. In Emma, Jane Austen shows how important manners were when Emma criticizes Mrs. Elton and says, “Insufferable woman!” was her immediate exclamation. “Worse than I had supposed. Absolutely insufferable! Knightley!-- never seen him in her life before, and call him Knightley!” (Austen 229).
With more than 20 million copies sold since its publication in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has become a classic among readers, capturing the idea of love and marriage in the 19th century. Jane Austen, the author of the novel, tended to use personal experiences as inspiration to shape each character’s personality in this fictional novel. By giving each fictional character a character trait of someone she knew personally, Jane Austen was able to create such a realistic and believable novel. When forming each character, Jane encorporated views that both went along with and challenged the social norm at the time, such as with the differing ideas on love and marriage. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen used personal experiences throughout the traditional 19th century to shape the viewpoints evident in both Charlotte and Elizabeth on love and marriage and use their opinions as social criticism.