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|Addictive cycle of self indulgence and pride
Written by Karen G
(9/9/2009 1:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, but..., penned by Anselm
Jane Austen really illustrated something that is stereotypical (and can be found in moderation in today's age as in any). I think that John Dashwood being a wimp is really due to the fact that the only circle he thinks about is his own immediate family... he married a wife who simpers and pampers his pride amd ego - she makes him feel like he's the center of the world, and he likes that feeling. As he will never get that from anyone else, he gets addicted to pleasing his wife since she continues to do that. It's an on-going (vicious-to-the-outsider) circle. For him to do the noble thing by honoring his father's wishes, he will break that circle of ego-petting by his wife (she does it for her own selfish reasons, and for her own ego as well - that she can manipulate her husband for her and her child's gain.) By the end, it makes absolutely no sense to him that he considered his father's dying wishes, because that would not contribute to his primary comfort - that of a wife who acting doting when he pleases her. JA is a master of taking this rationale to absurd (or as someone else wrote... delicious!) levels here in chapter 2.
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