Captain Wentworth 's Letter : The Rewritten Chapters Of Persuasion And The Narrative Impact Of Letters

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Captain Wentworth’s Letter: The Rewritten Chapters of Persuasion and the Narrative Impact of Letters
Persuasion (1817), was Jane Austen’s last completed work, it was published posthumously along with Northanger Abbey a year after the author’s death in 1816. It is the only complete novel for which an original manuscript exists allowing a unique insight into the workings of Austen’s writing process. This essay will provide a close reading of the two final chapters of Persuasion focusing on the narrative impact of the writing, receiving and reading of Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Elliot and the overheard conversation between Anne Eliot and Captain Harville. When Jane Austen originally wrote Persuasion she wrote a different ending one that was perhaps intended to be comedic and somewhat contrived in the way that Anne Eliot and Captain Wentworth are finally brought together. She rewrote the final chapters a month later, making significant changes. The rewritten chapters bring the couple together in a dramatic and emotionally charged way. The rewritten chapters allow for a more natural flow of events in the novel, allowing the couple to meet in a more natural way at the White Hart, and by turning the focus away from Anne’s agitation about the deceitful Mr. Elliot and back to her unresolved feelings for Captain Wentworth. The use the overheard conversation both reinforces this theme of indirect communication that the couple experience throughout the novel, and the letter…

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