Anne Elliot Quotes

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Anne Elliot is an “unfortunate heroine” 1. “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning” (p29). ‘Prudence’ is what increases her susceptibility to being persuaded to follow a course of actions “through argument or belief” 2. Persuasion has been described as having a Cinderella-like theme – a vulnerable young woman is harshly treated by her family, and is rescued by her hero through good fortune and magic 1. However, Anne Elliot is not a passive heroine, and her fortune and misfortune are not brought about by fate. The decisions that she makes are strongly influenced by the suggestions of friends and family. She must overcome her excessive prudence and yield to the power of romance, so that she can allow…show more content…
Anne’s opportunity arises when she discusses the constancy of women’s’ feelings with Captain Harville. She argues that “women do not forget men so soon as [they] forget [women]. Although men may have stronger feelings by virtue of their superior physical strength, Anne asserts that women’s’ feelings are more “tender” and that they are capable of “loving longest” (p237). Wentworth overhears this conversation and is convinced that Anne’s love for him has prevailed. He scribbles a letter to Anne with the words “Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved no one but you” (p238). Wentworth learns to distinguish “between the steadiness of principle and the obstinacy of self-will, between the darings of heedlessness and the resolution of a collected mind” (p244). Anne’s unselfish behaviour persuades him to overcome his “angry pride” (p243), “put himself in the way of happiness” (p245) and to declare his love for
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