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Persuasion by Jane Austen is a tale of the romance between the timid and composed Anne Elliot and the handsome and exquisite Captain Wentworth In spite of social barriers and the rival flirtations of the Musgrove sisters he pursues his affection though having once been rejected by Anne The influence and persuasion Anne allows herself to be subjected to is the key theme underlying this novel Anne almost loses the love of her life by being persuaded by others Anne is portrayed in the opening chapters of the book as having no strength of character She is dominated by all of the people around her her father Elizabeth her elder sibling and Lady Russell Anne is treated as the heroine of the novel however a heroine is a woman who takes risks and makes decisions in order to control her lifes destiny not one who passively waits for her fate In the book Anne is depicted as the novels admirable protagonist This only seems so because she is surrounded by confused bitter and conniving characters Annes sister Elizabeth is a spoiled unkind and immature girl Anne is seen as the most stable and sympathetic character only because she is compared to the characters around her As for her father Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walters character Her other sister Mary who is settling down into a married life is dissatisfied because she feels her husbands family is inferior In comparison to these characters she is easily commendable but as an individual her quiet unassertive attitude reflects her inadequacies and lack of courage Anne has the role of head psychiatrist to her family and friends Everybody chooses to voice their complaints about everything to Anne When Anne arrives at Uppercross she listens to several problems from four different points of view Mary complains about Mrs Musgrove Mrs Musgrove complains about Mary Mary complains about Charles Charles complains about Mary Henrietta and Louisa
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