Symbolism In Mansfield Park

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Mansfield Park, written by Jane Austen, is a literary classic full of symbolism. One such symbol is that of gardening and landscaping, two highly important factors to the family in this novel. The characters throughout the novel seem distressed at times about this factor in their lives. But why is gardening and such trivial things of such grass and landscaping? “Eighteenth century landowners spent a great deal of time and money remaking the grounds of their estates” (Olsen 316). There were many reasons on why these upper-class people worried so much about this and there were many ways that Austen showed this need for approval and used it to exemplify her characters. Yet, Austen uses the shrubbery and the aspects of nature to reflect her diverse and complexing characters in many of her novels. The symbolism of nature is a mirror to how the characters, and humanity, truly are. “In Mansfield Park…nature rather than landscape tends to be emphasized and frequently related to a character’s mood or state of mind” (Baker 541). Fanny has a more religious tone throughout the novel and her beliefs affect her crucially. Fanny is at one end of the spectrum, whilst Mary is at the other. “Fanny exemplifies the Christian mind’s seeking after God’s divine ‘invisible things though the [visible] things he made’ in the natural world” (Tarpley 165). Fanny’s beliefs put her on one end, which puts Mary, her opposition, at the end. “In Mansfield Park, Austen typically contrasts Fanny’s response
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