『説得』におけるアンとウェントワースの意義 [in Japanese] Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth as a New Type of Couple in Persuasion [in Japanese]
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AbstractAnne Elliot is quite different from Jane Austen's other heroines, all of whom suffer in the male-dominated society where women do not have the right of inheritance or to work to earn their living. Instead, each of these women is encouraged to become "an Angel in the House." Anne Elliot, however, is a new type of woman. She appears to be "an Angel in the House." but if we observe her well, we can see that she finds ways to espress herself and gains the affection of Captain Wentworth eight years after refusing his proposal of marriage. In addition, he does not mind marrying Captain Wentworth, though he is not a landowner. Before the Industrial Revolution, the land-owning classes were considered "gentlemen." but this changed as time passed. The power of money strengthened and the landed gentry could not ignore this new power. Lady Russell is proud of her rank and persuades Anne no to marry Captain Wentworth because he is not a landowner. Their reunion after eight years, however, finds Anne to be willing to marry him, which is not only a revolutionary but also prophetic way of thinking.
学苑 (870), 61-71, 2013-04