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'Persuasion by Jane Austen is a novel that has no relevance today. Discuss' The novel persuasion holds no relevance today, as the main theme, of social class and misunderstandings

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Introduction

'Persuasion by Jane Austen is a novel that has no relevance today. Discuss' The novel persuasion holds no relevance today, as the main theme, of social class and misunderstandings of people's feelings would not occur today. 'Persuasion' was written in the late 19th century, when many customs and rules where followed in order for people not to loose respectability within their social circles and class. There are many aspects of 'persuasion' which hold no relevance today, although the aspect of human condition remains constant. As times and social standing may change but human emotions will not. Firstly we come to the role of women, and their importance and rights. In the late nineteenth-century, a woman's social rank was extremely tenuous. Women were unique in the class society for their ability to rise or fall in social station easily. After marriage, a woman's rank was entirely dependent upon her husband's birth and social standing. In contrast, although a man might increase his fortune, he could not improve his rank by marrying a well-born woman; his wife would only fall to his level. An example of this in the novel is Mary, who marries into the Hayter family. ...read more.

Middle

This scenario may still be apparent today as although the social conventions have moved on, the feelings that Anne feels may still be felt today. The description of the relationship by keeping the feelings between the knowledge that Captain Wentworth and Anne are in love with each other must be released slowly. The novel considered as a whole, the problems which promote the feelings of the characters are not relevant. The actual feelings and thoughts felt by characters which were triggered by the problems are. In the novel we come across Lady Dalrymple, a rather pretentious and ostentatious human being. Sir Walter and Elizabeth who have a fair share of vanity still choose to degrade themselves and reacquaint themselves with their cousins. This degrading of self character to please others and make others happy may still be standing in today's society. The ideas and concepts that bring these emotions to a front seem to have no significance in this day and age although the emotions that are revealed still exist today. The feelings of jealousy, self deprecation and belonging are still as important today as they were then. ...read more.

Conclusion

Yet she is subtly subversive in her support of greater social mobility. The Navy's role in gradually increasing class flexibility is stated to be one of its "domestic virtues." But there are rules and limits to social ambition in Austen's world. Mr. Elliot and Mrs. Clay are punished for the selfishness they show in overstepping their bounds and breaking these rules. Austen is conservative in her respect for class traditions, yet practically she recognizes the advantages of greater social flexibility. The novel is mainly based on the upper class therefore may only be giving the thoughts, ideas and feelings of one class. A person from a lower class may be seen as someone who has not got that much of a social respectability, in the eyes of social systems back then. They then in effect would not have much of a reputation to hold onto, therefore may be more expressive of their feelings and emotions. To conclude the idea and concept of social realism, character development and human conditions of the characters in the novel is one which is very slightly hold relevance today. Issues addressed in the novel have no connection to today's modern social conventions. Although the feelings which were a direct impact of the issues discussed still remain. ...read more.

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