Our faith in Fanny
Posted by Helen on December 05, 1997 at 13:07:25:
In response to Fanny's Faith - corrected (sorry), written by MB on December 05, 1997 at 11:26:48
] ] Helen
] ] ] I agree with you, it's Fanny's religious faith that makes her able to stand up for herself - a person who has, in externals, no method or reason to resist what more dominant people want from her, can appeal to a higher authority to justify herself.
] ] MB
] ] I agree as well.
Why, thank you! What a jolly, amicable lot we are! ;-)
] ] MB
] ] I understand your point, but I'm not sure this would account for my dislike of Fanny (I don't hate her).
Ah yes, but do you understand her? You can dislike her but see where she's coming from - and disagree with the portrayal of absolute goodness as grounded on Christian humilty as constructed in the novel.
]Look at the strength of Elinor Dashwood, of Anne Elliot, of Catherine Moreland, even; might it not also come from a similar belief-system? These are all heroines that I admire (Elinor and Anne) or at least have affection for (both + Catherine).
Yes, I think it does - I think underlying all JA's novels is a profound religious faith. But their characters are capable of being interpreted and admired without reference to that belief-system - hence their greater "universal" appeal.
Helen, brief because still in that library (see below)
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