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Written by Robbin
(9/16/2010 8:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny as a Victim, penned by Patricia AA
Ramya makes excellent points and I think Fanny is in a position to understand the potential ramifications from Mrs. Norris if she were to speak out or rebel in some way. I feel to understand Fanny’s behavior it is important to consider her status, principles and what was the expected and proper behavior of a young woman of her age in that era. I don’t see a reason to assume Fanny’s only reason for silence is simply a lack of courage and therefore despisable.
Rather than a doormat I see Fanny as a survivor in a situation which in some ways, at some points must have seemed hopeless. Fanny survived being taken from her home and family, thrust into an alien world of strangers she had no part in choosing and was not—could not have been prepared for. She has weathered her family’s (but one) abandonment and the neglect and abuse of her relations (but one) at MP for eight years because she possesses great inner strength.
Considering Fanny has no personal power (as in status) to speak of and the personalities of the people with power at MP it seems to me she has made the best of herself and the life she has been dealt so far. No, Fanny at the age of eighteen has not overcome her timidity or shyness, cannot be called satisfyingly rebellious and certainly is not perfect but she is also not the same frightened child she was when she arrived at MP. I think there is plenty to admire about Fanny at this point in the novel. I am sorry we cannot agree on that. :)
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