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By Kailey Rhone. Kailey Rhone : kaileyrhone12 gmail. Readers meet Anne Elliot eight years after the disintegration of her engagement with Frederick Wentworth, the driven young sailor who embarked on a career in the Navy and subsequently earned his socioeconomic ranking during the Napoleonic Wars.
Sir Walter Elliot and Lady Russell were resolutely opposed to the match, chiefly because Frederick Wentworth had neither social connections nor enviable prospects in his profession. When Captain Wentworth returns to British soil, he is bitter and reticent and likewise lives a life considerably encumbered by a sense of mourning. While spending time in the same company at Uppercross, both the hero and heroine are faced with the challenge of coping with feelings of loss and heartbreak.
The polarity between the Wentworth women sex of Regency decorum and the desires of the sexual drive prompts Anne and Wentworth to sublimate their romantic feelings while continuing to uphold societal gendered practices. When one sublimates, he or she channels sexual energy into a physical output or performs productive tasks. While she resides at Uppercross, Anne fulfills a desexualized maternal role. Tending to her sister Mary and caring for her nephews, Anne hopes to achieve a sense of security for she is doing what is expected of her.
By focusing on those duties, she distracts herself from the desire to act on her sexual attraction to Wentworth. Young, well-bred women in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in addition to being disciplined by their governesses, had instructional guides available. Kenrick cautions women against sullying their reputations and virtue by indulging in flirtation:. Every indecent Curiosity or impure Fancy, is a deflowering of the Mind, and every the least Corruption of them gives some Degrees of Defilement to the Body too. She that listens to any wanton Discourse has violated her Ears, she that speaks any, her Tongue; every immodest Glance vitiates her Eye, and every the lightest Act of Dalliance leaves something of Stain and Sulliage behind it.
Her filling the desexualized maternal role illustrates how deeply affected she is by the ideology of the English gentry and how willing she is to yield autonomy for the sake of tradition. This mental effort prepares her for coping with the presence of Wentworth. The more Anne wants to reconnect with Wentworth, the more immersed she becomes in the work she is required to perform.
The only way to cut ties with her past is to find purpose in her role as both caretaker and companion to her family members in greater need than she is. Persuasion is a study of the behavioral distinctions between men and women. If neither Anne nor Wentworth can satiate their sexual longing for each other, they can resolve to be content in their duties as man or woman in nineteenth-century England.
Not until Wentworth perceives the flaw in the dichotomized understanding of Wentworth women sex genders does he pursue Anne. As a man, Captain Wentworth is granted more scope for personal fulfillment. Anne and Wentworth live in a society that supports separate gendered spheres and consistently enforces the idea that men are entitled to more freedom than women. Rather than being expected to stay home to care for his family, as a young man he was encouraged to leave, become a sailor, and make his fortune.
Upon being rejected by Anne, Captain Wentworth used his civic responsibility as a means of sublimating his pain. Command of a naval ship during wartime necessitated his full attention, distracting him from the heartbreak he was not yet comfortable confronting. It was a great object with me, at that time, to be at sea,—a very great object. Captain Wentworth coped with his heartbreak by refocusing on his role in the war. While Wentworth craves sexual pleasure, the reality of his situation does not allow him satisfaction.
When Captain Wentworth set sail years ago, he was conscious of the impossibility of achieving sexual satisfaction since Anne had rejected his proposal of marriage.
Postponing satisfaction, he distanced himself from Anne, the person who incited his instinct to satiate his sexual drive. He clings to a sense of betrayal and a bitter distaste for the social customs he believes convinced her to abandon him. In so doing, he successfully quiets his sexual desires but does not completely eradicate them. Wentworth ass blame in an attempt to disconnect himself emotionally from Anne. He is a self-made man who is guided through life by the sheer will to work, earn, and achieve his goals. Because he has not had to live by them, Wentworth underestimates how important social customs are to the upper class and is enraged by their power over Anne.
Withdrawing from Anne, he focuses on his rage instead of his love for her, asking himself how he could ever love someone who does not know her own mind. For Wentworth, the abrupt end to the romance with Anne had jolted him into a state of sexual frustration, a predicament he sought to overcome through vigorous work in the navy. Later at Uppercross, Wentworth enjoys the company of Louisa Musgrove.
Her sexual attraction is principally illustrated through her determination to be jumped by Wentworth from stiles during their country walks and down the steps at Lyme. Through his somewhat careful flirtation with Louisa, Wentworth sublimates his still-existing sexual longing for Anne, but he keeps himself sexually restrained.
Wentworth resists interacting directly with Anne; however, when a playful Walter seizes Anne, Captain Wentworth relieves her of her burden:. In another moment. Her sensations on the discovery made her perfectly speechless. She could not even thank him. She could only hang over little Charles, with most disordered feelings.
Yes,—he had done it. She was in the carriage, and felt that he had placed her there, that his will and his hands had done it, that she owed it to his perception of her fatigue, and his resolution to give her rest. It was a remainder of former sentiment; it was an impulse of pure, though unacknowledged friendship; it was a proof of his own warm and amiable heart, which she could not contemplate without emotions so compounded of pleasure and pain, that she knew not which prevailed.
Physical touch is crucial in these instances. He watches her as she cares for Walter, as she tires from exercise, and, later on at Lyme, as Mr. Elliot admires her returning bloom. Captain Wentworth looked round at her instantly in a way which shewed his noticing of it. Although both Anne and Wentworth experience a sexual connection throughout the story, they both work to disguise their feelings for one another.
Courtship rituals were well-established and enforced. Louisa soon becomes the obvious candidate for Wentworth women sex, as Henrietta is ostensibly attached to Charles Hayter. Through his acquaintance with Louisa, Captain Wentworth sublimates his still-existing sexual longing for Anne, but he keeps himself sexually restrained. Louisa Musgrove and Wentworth are seemingly enraptured by each other. The greatest evidence of physical intimacy between Wentworth and Louisa is her insistence on being jumped down the steps at Lyme by Captain Wentworth.
He is cautious and reluctant to give in to libidinal urges, while Louisa delights in the pleasure of falling into the arms of a capable captain. His comparatively dispassionate response to the activity denotes a sense of restraint. These moments with Louisa provide opportunities for physical closeness that he has largely avoided with Anne. This glance ifies an even greater intimacy between the hero and the heroine, as Captain Wentworth unabashedly allows Anne to know that, despite his cold civility and estrangement, he needs her. Captain Wentworth acknowledges that she was the foremost thought in his mind throughout the acquaintance with Louisa Musgrove:.
He now realizes that for the past eight years, his avoidance of Anne was a result of thinking she was at fault for the demise of their relationship. Though jealous of Mr. Elliot as a result of the meetings at Mollands and the concert, the conversation he overhears a day later between Anne and Captain Harville at the White Hart instills within Wentworth women sex a clarity of purpose: he must admit his feelings to her or risk eternal separation.
During Wentworth women sex conversation, Anne argues to Captain Harville that it is in the nature of a woman never to forget whom she truly loves:.
It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions. In turn, Wentworth sublimates his love for Anne by embracing the masculine profession of a sailor, but his attempt to forget her through hard work was also done in vain. However different the means of sublimation, both Anne and Wentworth are ultimately consumed by their feelings for one another.
At the White Hart, Wentworth hastily records his romantic profession to Anne, claiming that man does not forget sooner than woman, and that he has loved none but her When she and Captain Wentworth meet at Uppercross, his anger and then his potential relationship with Louisa Musgrove pose limitations on how they are able to interact with one another.
Aware of this compartmentalization, Anne is willing to fill the role she understands is most applicable. In choosingas Horn suggests, the spinster role, Anne might seize a kind of power of which she has been robbed when Wentworth leaves in anger; having been persuaded against his merits, Anne was denied the freedom to choose her husband. Suppression—avoiding a confrontation with the truth—is not met with scorn and biting wit; rather Jane Austen reflects on it with melancholy, as the hero and heroine are unhappy and unfulfilled despite finding distraction through gendered practices.
The ways in which Anne and Wentworth sublimate are indicative of the nineteenth-century social constructs defining male and female identity and occupation. By retreating into the Regency-crafted gender roles, Anne and Wentworth deny themselves sexual freedom and emotional expression. They can pursue a relationship once more only when the circumstances of their relationship align with the rules of society, when sublimation is no longer a necessary defense mechanism. They learn that happiness, as elusive as it might have seemed in the preceding eight years, is attainable only when one allows heart and emotion to win over reason and tradition.
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Print. By Kailey Rhone Kailey Rhone : kaileyrhone12 gmail. Featured in Volume 38, No. Kenrick cautions women against sullying their reputations and virtue by indulging in flirtation: Every indecent Curiosity or impure Fancy, is a deflowering of the Mind, and every the least Corruption of them gives some Degrees of Defilement to the Body too. Wentworth resists interacting directly with Anne; however, when a playful Walter seizes Anne, Captain Wentworth relieves her of her burden: In another moment.
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