Study Questions and Essay Topics
Does Persuasion challenge or defend the status of class structure in early nineteenth century British society? How?
What is the significance of the title "Persuasion"? How are the novel's characters positively and negatively affected by persuasion in the story?
Suggested Essay Topics
What is the role of parents in Persuasion? What kinds of examples do they set for their own children?
Is Persuasion a romantic novel? Why or why not?
What rhetorical and narrative techniques does Austen employ in her novel? How do they affect the novel's overall narration?
Which characters change throughout the course of the novel? Which ones remain static? What are the larger implications for this personal growth or stagnation?
Why is it so important to keep Kellynch within the Elliot family? How important is Kellynch to the different members of the family?
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