Today I am pleased to receive as my guest Sara Marks who is about to release a Persuasion modernisation novel called Modern Persuasion.
Persuasion is my second favourite novel from Jane Austen, so I was thrilled to know that a new book was going to be released, thank you Sara!!!
Many people ask me why Persuasion is my second favourite and I always say that it is partly because of Captain Wentworth. He is no Darcy, but he is a strong, interesting character. But it’s not because of the male character that Persuasion could not come first in my affection, it is because of the heroine. While Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect heroine, Anne is a quiet character, too quiet to instigate the same type of admiration I have for Elizabeth. But is she a weak person? I asked that to Sara, and that is how we came up with the idea of this guest post. Sara will use the Meyers Briggs personality model to describe you Anne, and explain to you why she does not believe her to be a weak person 🙂 I hope you enjoy this!
Is Anne Elliot Weak?
When we meet Anne Elliot, we find her in the middle of her own story. She has already had love and given it up. She has already been proposed to twice and rejected both. She has, in the words of her father, lost her bloom. She is quiet, observant, thoughtful, and a little broken by the world she lives in. One thing I would never call her is weak. Weak suggests she has given up and doesn’t care. Weak suggests she wallows without processing what upsets her. Anne Elliot is not weak, she is an introvert. She gains her strength from recharging alone.
Meyers Briggs Personality Types
I have an obsession with the Meyers-Briggs personality profiles. Not as a way to excuse my choices or to help me make decisions, but as a way to deeper understand why I do the things I do. I do the same for my characters. Anne Elliot, specifically, is an ISFJ. What does this mean? This means she is an introvert. The ’s’ means she is sensing information based on what she observes. Consider her impressions of Captain Wentworth’s feelings toward her. She bases that on what she can see and observe from him. She is most confused when his actions imply something different from everything else she has observed. The ‘f’ means she is feeling in her decision making. She considers other people’s motives when making decisions. She feels like Captain Wentworth’s feelings have changed in Bath and becomes more aggressive herself. She feels, after collecting her sensing evidence, that Mr Elliot is not what he appears to be. The ‘j’ stands for judging and means she likes closure.
Anne in Context
Consider all of that in light of what we know about Anne’s situation when we join the story. She is the middle child of a vain and snobbish man. Her sisters, in different ways, share his snobbishness. She has no brothers, so her family’s title and wealth will go to a distant cousin who has married another woman and is estranged from the family. Yet, she has not married and nobody seems worried that she isn’t married. She loved a man who, technically, was beneath her in class. She knows the painful and regretful decision to reject him was the right one. She had a second proposal from someone more her equal and she rejected that as well. Nobody seems to judge her as a failure for that decision and her younger sister ultimately marries that man. She doesn’t even seem to be hunting for a husband when we meet her. She is simply living her life. She spends her time with the people she likes as often as with those she has to be with.
Is She Weak?
So, back to the original question: is Anne Elliot weak? No, she is self-reflective, thoughtful, and observant. She accepts new information and shifts as she processes it. She is far stronger than she appears. She doesn’t just give into pressure, but makes the decision she thinks is best (even if wrong or hard). She knows her mind and the people around her. She isn’t reactive and aggressive, but she is just as strong as other Austen heroines.
Do what did you think of Sara’s analysis? I absolutely loved it! I also love personality tests and analysis and even if I am more familiar with the DISC model, I have read quite a lot about the Meyers Briggs Personality Types and I agree with Sara’s analysis. I am very different from Anne, and when I was younger I did consider Anne a weak person, but with age came a new understanding of live and people, and I’ve come to realise she is just more introvert than me, which is not necessary bad…by the contrary! In some situations Anne is just the type of person we need by our side 🙂
Thank you very much for your analysis Sara!
I’m sure that by now you are very curious to see how Sara’s characters will be, or what their story is going to be like, so I’ll leave you with the book blurb and some information on Sara Marks herself 🙂
Which would you pick: the person you love or your own dreams?
What would you do if given a second chance at that decision?
Eight years ago Emma Shaw picked her career and family over the man she loved, Fredrick Wentworth. Since then she has built a career in publishing and spends her free time making sure her father and sisters are taken care of. Fredrick has spent the same years building his career as a screenwriter under increasing public scrutiny as a celebrity. When the editor of Fredrick’s first book is injured, Emma is forced to travel with Fredrick on his book tour.
Tension builds for the two former lovers over the course of the tour. Emma and Fredrick must face their emotional baggage and their misunderstanding about how their break-up impacted the other. Will they be able to find their way back together for a second chance at love?
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Sara brought along with her several giveaways for my readers.
She would like to offer an eBook of Modern Persuasion and Fredrick’s book tour knick knacks and autographed paperback copy. Since part of the story happens on Fredrick’s book tour, she has selected touristy knick-knacks from each of the cities they visit. The winner will get the entire collection of knick knacks and an autographed paperback copy of the book
To enter the first giveaway of na ebook of Modern Persuasion please leave a comment on this blog until June 1, 2017. The winner will be announced shortly after.
Everyone who signs up for the mailing list is added to the raffle and also gets a short story related to Modern Persuasion: “Mary and the Anti-Feminist”. The raffle opens on May 22nd and ends on June 5th and is only available for US residents.. The item for NYC has not be selected yet so it will be a surprise element. Please check the Picture for the contents of this giveaway.
Good Luck everyone!