Book Review: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
One word to describe this book: FAMILY.
Alright I guess I’m the only person who’s gonna describe this book as it’s about the importance of the family and the relationship itself, but I’m also going to relate the beautiful love story of somewhat very close and lifelong friendship of Fanny Price and her cousin Edmund.
Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighborhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever.
Fanny’s story is one we all actually know - one of those situations in life where we have no power to do anything but watch. This is symbolised in the book when the other characters decide to start a play and Fanny refuses to take part; it is her status and her morals that prevent her from interferring in the plot, much as her being unable to act and unable to disobey her uncle stops her from joining in the play.
Great book, a lot of things to learn in the end I’m sure. ;) It’s a classic, an Austen favorite.
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- katieeoh posted this