Persuasion may probably depict the story of any grown up. I think that at some point in our lives, we’ve been persuaded long enough. Socially, spiritually, and significantly and usually – emotionally.
Persuasion mainly revolved about the intertwined lives in relation to Anne Elliot. It is interesting to note that in one chapter, she was described as “She was just Anne”. Yes, she is. A sensible woman, have been persuaded to break an engagement, and holds an old flame in her heart.
Anne Elliot was persuaded by an elder family friend, Lady Russel to break off her engagement with Frederick Wenthworth because he is deemed not acceptable per family’s standards. After 8 years, they met again. And the rest followed. The story may seem simple. But Jane Austen really has her way of telling it in a classic and engaging way.
The most interesting part for me was not the one when she finally got the courage to decide for herself. To renew the engagement with Frederick Wenworth. But hey, that scene was so heart-trumping, isn’t it? What I’ve guarded in the story was the moment that Anne and Frederick met again after 8 long years. Put yourself in their shoes, it’s exciting and frightening to see someone wherein you have a pretty deal of unfinished business.
I always believe that no matter how each party claims that they no longer feel for each other, you would never really know if you’re over it till you get a chance to see and spend time with one another again. It’s more of a confirmation if the unfinished business is finally closed or not.
I think it’s generally acceptable to know that someone in his or her teen years will be easily persuaded. Especially if your family and friends have justifiable reasons to conclude that the other party will bring no good to you. But regardless of age, there are people who are easily persuaded. They live with others expectations and wishes. On the other hand, there are those who listen only to themselves at the end of the day. Life can be so tricky sometimes. It’s easier to decide and give pieces of advice when you’re not actually the one in the hot seat. But when you’re the one crossing the bridge, it’s very difficult to know what to do.
What about you? Have you ever been persuaded to take a huge decision which is against your will? How do you deal with an old flame?