Persuasion by Jane Austen

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In assessing whether or not this text is the perfect example of a critical study of a text, HSC students, must explore just how in a sophisticated manner, Austen achieves her satirical text and explores this Comedy of Manners style. One way in which this is achieved, is how Austen conveys the character of Sir Walter Elliot. A poignant part of this chapter is when he states; “...the means of bringing persons of obscure birth into undue distinction, and raising men to honours which their fathers and grandfathers never dreamt of...”. When analysing this, students who are studying the module will find that the way in which she crafts her satirical narrative through this ironic tone, allows her to firmly set the novel with the very pointedly satirical portrait of Sir Walter. Illustrating Austen's perceptions, the status of which the class system bestowed on those with wealth and title, undermines the quality of the Regency era as a whole when personal merit was absent. This concept greatly contrasts todayʼs views of achieving advancements with oneʼs own skills and capabilities, as the continuity of her ironic tone leads the reader to draw conclusions about the weaknesses in the society that Sir Walter represents. Persuasion demonstrates that good manners and etiquette can merely be a facade which conceals severe moral shortcomings. Pride is a funny thing I always say, on one hand it makes Sir Walter and Elizabeth full of their own importance, on the other hand when someone more important appears, they have a fixture of who was to bow first. They are so invested in the system of rank that it even conquers their own vanity. As Austen quotes; “Anne had never seen her father and sister before in contact with nobility, and she must acknowledge herself disappointed...[she] wish..they had more pride.” This
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