Persuasion by Jane Austen

The last novel fully completed by Jane Austen, Persuasion was published posthumously in 1817. It is the story of Anne Elliot, noteworthy among Austen’s heroines for her relative maturity. Persuasion, being Austen’s last completed novel, is considered her most maturely written novel, showing a refinement of literary conception as compared to her previous novels. The major themes dealt with in the novel are: Class Rigidity and Social Mobility; Persuasion – whether to be firm in one’s convictions or be open to the suggestions of others; Role of parents in children’s lives; Separate Spheres – the idea that there are two domains of life: the public and the domestic; and the Changing Ideal of the Gentleman in nineteenth century Britain.


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