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Discuss the significance of this passage in your reading of the novel

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Discuss the significance of this passage in your reading of the novel * Look closely at the effects of the writing in the passage * Comment on ways in which the passage relates to the novel's methods and concerns This passage plays a vital role in displaying Anne's feelings, something that hasn't been accounted for too often in the novel so far. Austen uses several effects in creating just the right atmosphere she wants to emphasise the anticipation and tension in the passage between Anne and Captain Wentworth. From the very beginning of the passage, the reader can feel the build of tension to the final moment that Anne and Captain Wentworth will meet again at last. This tension was helped by all the times they very nearly met and yet never did. And so when the reader comes to this section of the novel, the sense of anxiety and pressure really hits its climax and the reader is forced to empathise with Anne and Wentworth on meeting again for the first time, which then implies the high significance of this passage. Austen uses repetition in this passage to emphasise the nervous relief in Anne's speech. For example, after meeting Wentworth, she says, "It is over! ...read more.

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This is combined with repeated rhetorical questions, again showing how apprehensive Anne is. The use of rhetorical questions shows us that Anne is unsure with herself and her own decisions. This adds to her characterisation and helps the reader to know what she is thinking about everything, even if it is mixed feelings. It also is effectively tense because of the lack of direct speech whilst she meets Wentworth. It all described in not very much detail and has a fast pace. This ensures that all that is said is vital to the reader and there is no useless information. This increases the tension in the atmosphere at this point in the novel and adds to the climactic feel of the passage. The short sentences contribute to the fast pace of the passage that almost creates a sort of exhilarating tone to the passage. The use of free indirect discourse is especially significant in this passage mainly because it is one of the first times that we see Anne's strong expression of her extremely strong emotions. Towards the end of the passage, this method becomes extremely dominant, with the use of Anne trying to persuade herself that it's not a big deal. This relates, of course, to one of the novels main concerns of persuasion and how Anne finds it incredibly difficult to keep her own mind and not be persuaded. ...read more.

Conclusion

The description of the bow and curtsey are made to sound so formal, which perhaps would not be expected by Anne considering they were once an item. One may say that Austen makes fun of the romanticism of this time by over exaggerating and using such hyperbolic language. It adds to the climax in an over dramatic tone, creating a tense atmosphere between the two characters. In conclusion, this passage is a huge climax to what we have read so far. This makes it highly significant for the reader as we see the first interactions between two vital characters after a very awkward farewell, eight years ago. The use of free indirect discourse, characteristic of Austen, really shows the reader how passionate Anne is about Wentworth, even if she knows she doesn't have a chance with him anymore. Austen effectively creates huge amounts of tension and anxiety in the atmosphere, making it a point of excitement for the reader, which may not yet have been felt. This makes it significant in the novel as a whole. The passage continues the concern of persuasion even though it is Anne trying to persuade herself. It may also contribute to the idea that Austen is mocking the romanticism of this time by over exaggerating. Overall, the passage is highly significant, because of the events. This is assisted by the effects and methods that Austen continuously uses throughout the novel to build tension and climax. ...read more.

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