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|"Religiousity" and MP
Written by Patricia AA
(9/12/2010 11:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why is Fanny JA's favorite?, penned by Melinda
This is my first ROP group read. MP has not been my favorite JA novel, so this reread may provide a deeper appreciation. I want to explore in more depth the concept of "religiousity"--just how religious is MP? From the beginning chapters, the seven deadly sins begin to appear in each character: Lady Bertram (sloth), Lord Bertram (pride), Mrs. Norris (anger & envy)...just exactly how free from sin will Fanny Price prove to be?
Your approach is to compare Fanny Price to a greek goddess--interesting view.
I'd like to continue that religious line--especially the degree to which a character's religiousity links to intelligence and sensibleness. Since JA's father and brothers were part of the clergy, is MP a tribute to the profession, a send-up, or a cynical commentary?
Fanny Price certainly comes to MP born of poverty, innocent, humble, pure, and Christ-like. Her simpleness contrasts with her new home, and a group of relatives who seem ridden with sins of character--yet are more educated and sophisticated. How will Fanny maintain her spirituallity in the company of such people? That may be the gem that JA carefully placed in MP for her readers--serious advice for how to live your life, avoid common sins of character, and to be a better person.
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