Jane Austen's Persuasion

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Persuasion, written by Jane Austen, is the story of a restored relationship between the characters Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth, and the influence of the other characters that surround their lives. As the name implies, persuasion is the main idea of the novel. Lady Elliot plays a key role in convincing Anne to follow her advice on who to marry. This action leads to the main conflict between Anne and Lady Russell, as well as a conflict with Wentworth. Anne is the middle child of Sir Walter Elliot and Lady Elliot. Lady Elliot is deceased when the story begins leaving Sir Walter with the three girls, the other two being Elizabeth Elliot (the oldest of the sisters) and Mary Elliot. Though she is the youngest of the sisters, Mary is the first to be married. Anne is single, but has only been so as a result of Lady Russell’s influence. Lady Russell was a “…very intimate friend, a sensible woman…” (4) to Lady Elliot who relied on her “…for the best help and maintenance of the good principles and instruction…” (5) for her daughters. At the age of nineteen, Anne became acquainted with a young Wentworth who was “…a remarkably fine young man…” (25), but he had no fortune. Anne, being young, sought the counsel of Lady Russell. His confidence and wit was adored by Anne, but Lady Russell did not like the wittiness of his character and established that Anne should end the connection immediately. Now twenty-seven, Anne is reminded of her feelings for Wentworth as he is now coming to visit his sister and brother-in-law who have rented Kellynch-hall from the Elliot family. At twenty-seven, Anne “…thought very differently from what she had been made to think at nineteen” (28). She has grown up and does not need the guidance of Lady Russell. While visiting the Musgrove household, Wentworth takes a walk with Louisa Musgrove, Mary’s sister-in-law. Anne is able to hear their conversation on the other side of the hedge, and notices that during this conversation...
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