Sir Thomas's sin
Posted by Bonny on May 15, 1998 at 05:27:20:
In response to How startling life can be!, written by gkb on May 13, 1998 at 23:55:52
] ...It was quite a fun lecture, even suggesting that the characters play out types in a moral allegory: Lady Bertram, sloth; Aunt Norris, avarice; MAria Bertram, lust;Julia, envy;Dr Grant, gluttony; etc, with Edmund as an everyman figure, and Fanny of course as "the pearl of great Price". Sorry to go on so, and sorry to break into the juvenalia discussion, but Mansfield Park anyone? Any thoughts on the Crawfords/Fanny and Edmund?
] I had just recently said the same thing in a discussion of MP--I had never seen it until a month or so ago when the conversation took place. However, I think Mrs. Norris covers more than one base, being envious and angry as well. And where does Sir Thomas fit in? Is he the Wrathful one?
Pride, is Sir T's primary sin, though he does cover Wrath as well (and is consequently a transformation of the Gothic father figure). The "Quasi-allegorical moral structure" is not meant to be reductive and The lecturer suggested that the traits overlap, as you quite rightly pointed out in Mrs Norris. Lust doesn't end with Maria, and Julia can be said to be angry as well as Envious. Do you care to discuss the motivations of Mrs Norris further?
- Pride, of course--and perhaps a dash of Prejudice? gkb 18:40:39 5/17/98 (0)
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