174: Persuasion in Persuasion

I am constantly astonished in the amount of persuasion that is in Persuasion. Now, obviously, it’s the over-arching theme in the novel, but the amount of dismissal toward personal emotion is overwhelming.

As I read, I’m noticing that Anne (as well as the other characters) denies her emotions… and I’m wondering if all these characters are only a hollow shell of their actual selves.

In the art and nostalgia of this blog, I’ve discovered that I can not deny my emotions. I’m not easily persuaded like these characters; however, I am still able to be a subject of manipulation. There is a large amount of trickery among who actual loves who and why…

That’s all for now.

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2 Responses to “174: Persuasion in Persuasion”


  1. 1 Lisa July 14, 2011 at 8:28 am

    This has a lot to do with the time that they lived in and status they had. If Anne did not marry with her parents consent, she would be cut off from her friends and family. She was unable to provide for herself and her husband would be at sea. She would be alone. It was part of her duty to her family to marry well. Of course women today would not be subjected to the same method of persuasion, but in her time Anne was unable to follow her heart. In addition, since women could not write or contact men they were not engaged to, she would be subjected to only her family’s opinion and not be able to communicate with her love and his persuasion of her heart.

  2. 2 Silvia July 15, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I totally agree with Lisa, women were not brought up to be free, but to do their duty to their family. Besides children who did not obey their parents could be cut off the will and be left penniless, respectable women were not supposed to work for a living and contact men who were not their brothers or betrothed. Anne knew her own heart but could not follow it, this is the tragedy. So she tried to forget and convince herself that she had made the right choice, but deep down she knew well enough she loved this man.


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