Persuasion Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Sir Walter Elliot.

Sir Elliot is vain and self-absorbed. This is made very clear by the fact that his favorite book is his own family history. He is also very influenced by the social stature of others. He treats his daughters, Anne, Elizabeth and Mary very differently because he views them as having different status levels.

2. What does Sir Elliot think of Elizabeth?

Sir Elliot thinks that Elizabeth is his prettiest daughter and will make someone a good match. He does not seem to realize that Elizabeth is getting older and has no immediate courtship prospects. He always consults Elizabeth about everything and ignores Anne almost completely.

3. How are Anne, Elizabeth and Mary different, according to Chapter 1?

Anne is never consulted on anything, while Elizabeth and their father have a close relationship and Mary is more respected than Anne. Mary, Sir Elliot feels, married well. Since status is everything to him, that means that he values Mary more, even though she no longer lives with him. Elizabeth is very much the lady of the house and so Sir Elliot views her status as very high in the family. Anne is not married and Sir Elliot does not value her opinion on anything at all.

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