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In Persuasion Jane Austen presents her dislike of the English gentry by pointing out the flaws of her characters which are representative of the class Mary Musgrove daughter of Sir Walter sister of Anne and wife of Charles personifies these flaws and is thus the object of Austens contempt Through tone comparison with Anne syntax and irony Austen portrays Mary as a self-absorbed uneducated mean self-pitying person Austens biting tone towards Mary and Marys own words reveal her self-obsessed nature Austen first presents this trait in While well and happy and properly attended to she had great good humour and excellent spirits p 33 when Mary is not the center of attention she becomes depressed This is just how Anne encounters her unwell and out of spirits p 33 because her husband is out hunting and her friends have not dropped by to visit there is no one there to make her the center of attention Like Elizabeth and father Mary had a considerable share of the Elliot self-importance p 33 Here Austen uses a mocking tone with Mary and her family members She has neglected her children which should be the foremost concern of a good wife during this period She only attends to them when it pleases her and as long as she could bear their noise p 34 Austen does not approve of this behavior which is implied by her scathing tone Mary then immediately shifts the conversation back to herself by commenting on how unwell she is rather than talk about her children with Anne Irony of situation further accents her self-obsessed nature Mary complains that The Musgroves never put themselves out of their way p 34 but when Anne first encounters her Mary is lying on the faded sofa p 33 Not only does Mary not take any responsibility and perform her duties she criticizes Anne by saying what can you possibly have to do p 34 Here Austen
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