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What impressions do we get from Captain Wentworth, Austen(TM)s hero, from chapters 7 to 9? Take account of his actions, words and thoughts and what other characters say about him.

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Essay Question - Persuasion Chapters 7, 8 and 9 What impressions do we get from Captain Wentworth, Austen's hero, from chapters 7 to 9? Take account of his actions, words and thoughts and what other characters say about him. In chapters seven to nine of Persuasion, Austen introduces us to Captain Wentworth as he has jus arrived in Kellynch. This is the first time that Anne and Wentworth have seen each other in eight years. We learn more about Wentworth and the way he thinks and acts. In these three chapters we also see the effect of Wentworth's arrival on Anne, Henrietta, Louisa and their relations. Through the reactions of the characters we learn more about some aspects of his personality and his behaviour, especially towards Anne. In chapter seven we get the impression from Mr Musgrove than Wentworth is someone who has made a good impression on him and can be respected as after meeting him, Mr Musgrove "came back warm in his praise". We also get other impressions of "Captain Wentworth" from Louisa and Henrietta after he visits their house. They are both charmed by Wentworth and they are "perfectly delighted" with him, especially after they see "how much handsomer, how infinitely more agreeable" he is "than any individual among their male acquaintance". ...read more.

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This suggest that Wentworth is still not over Anne and was still not used to being in her presence as he had had "no desire of meeting her again". We see that Wentworth tries to deny that he has any feeling for Anne and he fools himself into thinking that he wants to marry someone else, anyone except for Anne. We know that he hasn't been totally unaffected by Anne's decision eight years previously as he states that he wants a woman who has "A strong mind, with sweetness of manner", two thing which he thinks that Anne lacks due to her being persuade not to marry him. In chapter eight we see much more of Wentworth as he is now part of the "same circle" as Anne Elliot and her in-laws. From Anne we learn more about how her past relationship with Wentworth is much different from her present one. We see that whilst they were "Once so much to each other!" they are "Now nothing". During this chapter we also find out more about Wentworth's life at sea and the reaction of Louisa and Anne to this. Louisa reacts much like Anne remembers she acted when she was getting to know Wentworth and didn't know much yet about the navy. ...read more.

Conclusion

We also see more proof that Wentworth cannot see Anne hurt as he saves her from her nephew Walter who had enthusiastically climbed onto her back and had not let go despite being told several times to do so. In this instance we also see more about Charles Hayter's opinion of Wentworth after his good deed is that Walter should have listened to him when he told him to do something. However his opinion of Wentworth has not changed yet he feels slightly inadequate as Wentworth helped where he could not and he feels as if he is being replaced by Wentworth. In conclusion I would say that we find out a lot about Wentworth, especially through opinions of other people. We also find out about more of his past in these three chapters than in the six chapters before. Wentworth is a typical hero from a 'romantic' novel and he seems as if he is too good to be true as he has no huge flaws in his character. We get the impression that overall Wentworth seems to be past the hurt Anne's rejection caused him yet underneath there are hints that this is just a fa´┐Żade. This adds depth to his character and make him a much more likeable person. ?? ?? ?? ?? Priya Patel 13C 26/10/08 ...read more.

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