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Persuasion by Jane Austen, Essential Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Context 5

Summary 6

Characters 7

Anne Elliot 7

Captain Frederick Wentworth 8

Sir Walter Elliot 8

Elizabeth Elliot 9

Mr. William Elliot 9

Mary Elliot Musgrove 9

Charles Musgrove 9

Louisa Musgrove 9

Henrietta Musgrove 9

Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove 10

Charles Hayter 10

Captain Benwick 10

Lady Russell 10

Admiral and Mrs. Croft 10

Mrs. Clay 10

Mrs. Smith 10

Lady Dalrymple and Miss Carteret 10

Captain Harville and Mrs. Harville 11

Themes and Motifs 11

Themes 11

Class Rigidity and Social Mobility 11

Persuasion 11

Silly Parents 11

Separate Spheres 11

The Changing Ideal of The Gentleman 12

Motifs 12

Walking 12

Marriage 12

Important Quotations Explained 12

1. 12

2. 13

3. 13

4. 13

5. 14

Sample Answers 14

Does Persuasion challenge or defend the status of class structure in early nineteenth century British society? How? 14

What is the significance of the title ‘Persuasion’? How are the novel's characters positively and negatively affected by persuasion in the story? 15

Like all Austen’s novels, Persuasion ends happily with a marriage between the heroine and the man she loves. In Persuasion, however, numerous types of marriages exist, from good to bad. What does Anne Elliot learn about marriage from observing the various marriages of the people around her? 15

In many of Austen’s novels, some characters serve as foils for others. A “foil” is a character whose personality and behaviour contrasts with another character’s and thus highlights that character’s qualities. How is Louisa Musgrove a foil for Anne Elliot? And how does Louisa’s being a foil for Anne impact Wentworth’s changing views of Anne? 16

When Anne Elliot and Captain Harville discuss the differences in constancy between men and women, Anne tells him that women “live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediatel...

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