• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Jane Austen essays

  1. Each of the 4 settings in the novel persuasion by Jane Austen holds a ...

    The activities endured by Anne, on her trip to Uppercross is a far cry from the dull halls of kellynch. 'Lovely dinners', 'music and dancing'. Finally we come to the setting of bath. A place of high social class highly sought after by sir Walter and Elizabeth but strongly apposed

  2. Comment on how Jane Austen sets the scene and introduces themes and characters in ...

    Mrs Taylor seems to lack authority for Emma; she is more of a mother figure to her. Mr Woodhouse seems to dislike change in his life and is not a companion for Emma. - "He was a nervous man, easily depressed; fond of every body that he was used to,

  1. Explain how each of the 4 settings has a profound effect on the characters ...

    Though Anne finds both of these qualities in her own family, she dislikes their close-minded elitism. Uppercross through out the novel suffer a tragedy - Louisa during her visit to lyme injures herself, regardless of this once she is 'strong enough to hold her head up' the strong contrast between

  2. Morals and Manners in Jane Austen

    Emma describes her as "absolutely insufferable! [...] A little upstart, vulgar being". These two characters illustrate the importance of good manners for a character to be liked. A character's manners or attitude to manners can also show their moral nature. In the examples already given Mr. Collins and Mrs.

  1. The Mayor of Casterbridge - Chapter Summaries

    This chapter also concludes the development of the primary dramatic conflict within the novel. Although there will be other conflicts arising later in the novel, the wife auction will come back to haunt all the characters involved. It will shape the later decisions of Michael, Susan, Newson, and Elizabeth-Jane.

  2. Discuss Austen(TM)s use of Mr Elliot in Persuasion.

    had disappointed her" even though she had "found him extremely agreeable". However instead of marrying Elizabeth, Mr Elliot sought independence and married "a rich woman of inferior birth." This leads to all acquaintance between the ceasing as Mr Elliot had slighted Sir Walter and had "shewn himself as unsolicitous of being longer noticed by the family".

  1. How does Hardy present his characters in the first ten chapters? To focus on ...

    Elizabeth-Jane's "black eyes, after slow, round ruminating gazes at the candles when they were lighted" is the only description of her for eighteen years. This small pensive - looking creature is absorbing her surroundings as much as she can muster at that age.

  2. As the novel 'persuasion' progresses the romantic feelings towards Anne Elliot, Austen's protagonist conveyed ...

    We now come to our third place setting and ho captain Wentworth's feelings change through Lyme. As Lyme is described as coastal town, with vast openness, the openness may actually reflect on Wentworth's openness to his true feelings. 'Romantic rocks and chasms', the atmosphere may have caused Wentworth to admit and realise this.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work