Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August, 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817, but Persuasion was not published until 1818.
Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume and published together two years later, but also because both stories are set partly in Bath, a fashionable health resort with which Jane Austen was well acquainted, having lived there from 1801 to 1805.
More than seven years prior to the events in the novel, Anne Elliot fell in love with a handsome and ambitious, but poor, young naval officer, Frederick Wentworth. The Elliots, led by Sir Walter, Anne's father and lord of the family estate, were dissatisfied with her choice, feeling he was not distinguished enough for their family. Her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne's deceased mother, persuaded her to break off the match. Now age 27 and considered a spinster, Anne re-encounters her former fiancť as he associates with the Musgrove family.
Now Wentworth is an early captain and very wealthy due to his warfare successes in the Royal Navy and prize-money for capturing enemy ships. But he still harbors enmity towards Anne for her rejection of him. Meanwhile, the self-interested machinations of Anne's father, her older sister Elizabeth, Elizabeth's friend Mrs. Clay, and William Elliot (Anne's cousin and her father's heir) constitute important subplots.
Anne Elliot: Being Persuaded| Posted March 20, 2010
Miss Anne Elliot is a modest, genteel woman who lives in the country with her father and older sister. Anneís father, Sir Walter Elliot, is an incredibly vain man who judges everyone on their looks. Sir Walter Elliot makes plans to move to the city of Bath - a place where Anne regrettably does not wish to move to. This is fine with her father and sister, because they want to get rid of Anne. They come to the conclusion that she can stay with her sister, Mary, in Uppercross.
Anne winds up staying with her sister Mary, her husband Charles, and their two boys. There Anne meets up with someone that she did not expect to meet - Captain Wentworth. Anne is unsettled to see Captain Wentworth, and she does everything possible to avoid him. At one time, Captain Wentworth and Anne were in love with each other and they had intended to get married. But Anne had been persuaded by her friend, Lady Russell, to reject his offer of marriage. Because of this, Anne evades him at all cost.
Captain Wentworth does not seem to show any interest in Anne but he does intend to find a wife. He has come back successful and rich. He shows attraction to Louisa (Charlesí sister) but because of an unfortunate accident, that all changes. He wasnít really in love with Louisa because heís still in love with someone else. His feelings havenít changed.
After the accident, Anne leaves Uppercross and joins her family in Bath. When Anne arrives in Bath, she finds that Louisa is to marry Captain Benewick (a friend of Captain Wentworth). Sheís relieved. Perhaps thereís a chance that Captain Wentworth still loves her. Through many unexpected meetings, she keeps bumping into Captain Wentworth. Anne canít escape him and in turn, Captain Wentworth canít escape her. In one of these meetings, Captain Wentworth leaves Anne a letter. In this letter, he pours out his entire heart to Anne. He says that she has pierced his soul and that he is half agony/half hope. He must know if she cares for him.
My Thoughts on Persuasion:
I like this book by Jane Austen. Itís simple and sweet. Jane Austen is exceptional at making the characters in her book come alive. She has a great talent when it comes to describing the behavior of people. This is an older book and of course the writing is harder to understand. Because of this, some readers might find this book to be somewhat slow and boring. If you enjoy reading the classics and are fascinated with the Regency Era then this book is for you. I highly recommend that you also read Jane Austenís other books: Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Emma. All in all, I give Persuasion three and a half stars.
One of my fave books ever!| Posted October 05, 2009
I loved this book and I read it twice, once on my own and in class. It was the only book I read in my class that I thoroughly enjoyed beginning to end. Though to be honest it's size is what drew me to it in the beginning. It's a pretty small book.
If you have ever been persuaded from something you know is right then you can relate to Anne Elliot (the heroine). But you find your self rooting for her as she overcomes obstacles within herself and around her. She's a memorable character.
And that's all I am going to say about it-I would rather you read the book for yourself.