The Romantic Fates of Jane Austen and Anne Elliot
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Jane Austen’s final novel, `Persuasion,` is an insightful portrayal of the challenges faced by women in the 1800s. The story seen through the eyes of the heroine, Anne Elliot, gives readers an impression of the influence that nineteenth century society could have on a woman’s fate, had she not the strength to resist.
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Anne Elliot’s character changes from passive to active over the course of the novel. It is in this way that she avoids the alternative fates dramatized for her by other women in the novel and ironically, by Jane Austen herself.”