The Upper Class and Miss Anne Elliot Essay

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The Upper Class and Miss Anne Elliott Jane Austen, it appears, seems to be saddened by the decay of England's aristocratic social order. The study of her main character, Anne Elliot, and her innocent yet intelligent-like persona take her readers further into the core of her foundation of ethics, and the relation of these to the daunting traditions of her immediate family and surrounding social circle gives the reader a fresh look at the importance of class distinction and the clearly perceptible emptiness of the aristocratic society that, in actuality is believed to have existed in Austen's own life. A close assessment of the development of Austen's ideals through the course of her novels reveals the fundamental nature of the central…show more content…
The absence of familial love increases in Persuasion, as Anne Elliott, exists in her own perception apart from what she thinks are the less-appealing characteristics of her family. The distinction between this novel and her others is that for the first time in Austen's work, the inferior class is actually superior intellectually, morally and emotionally as compared to the high ranking society. This book also blatantly criticizes the prominent social class that had been, to some extent, upheld up to different degrees by at least one character in all of her previous novels. Anne Elliott acts as the only interpreter of this representation as she sees, with somewhat silent condescension, the absurd vanity her family is fascinated with. An ideal example of Anne's moral ethics opposing her father’s vain ones occurs when she offers the idea of a high-ranking naval officer renting their manor while they relocate to Bath. Here Anne spoke - The Navy, I think, who have done so much for us, have at least an equal claim with any other set of men, for all the comforts and privileges which any home can give. Sailors work hard enough for their comforts, we all must allow. Yet, Sir Walter's biased and inflexible response to Anne's modest and tolerant one, which follows, demonstrates Austen's

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