Discuss The Impact Of The Past Upon The Present In Both "Persuasion" By Jane Austen And "The Magic Toyshop" By Angela Carter, From The Point Of View Of Both Characterisation And Plot.

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In both Persuasion by Jane Austen and Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop, the past has significance both in terms of characterisation and of plot.Persuasion focuses on a renewal of an old love between the main character, Anne Elliot, and Captain Frederick Wentworth. Eight years before Anne accepted a marriage proposal from Wentworth thinking of nothing but her love for him. However, she is persuaded by her friend and mentor not to marry him, her social class too high for it to be a 'suitable' match. Her former home is now let to Frederick Wentworth's sister and he becomes integrated into Anne's social circle, now a wealthy man eight years on.Anne essentially loses her youth through the regrets she holds of a decision that she was influenced into taking while still so young.The novel centres on the impact that Anne's earlier decision has on their relationship now, years later. The extent of this impact is debatable, as an old flame is rekindled in the end. However, a past which links so closely to the present creates new plot opportunities to Austen who carefully constructs new perspectives for both the reader, herself and her characters by the past and present love stories between Anne and the Captain.Melanie, the main character of Carter's novel, is also affected by her own past. She is a silly pubescent girl who's grown up in a typically symmetrical, middle class family. After her parent's death she moves into her Uncle Philips house - a man who personifies the very essence of patriarchy.He is working class and at first Melanie's grandiosity excludes her from the family; she refuses to let go of her past. There is a significant turning point where Melanie lets go and unlike Anne, who renews her link, Melanie severs her connection with her past and is able to mature fully.In Philip's house she becomes a human puppet and is forced to submit to his fantasies instead of her own - she is no longer in control. Melanie's new life forces her to mature in a way she never would have before and it is the present, unlike in Persuasion, that has more of an impact on Melanie's self than the past does.The idea that Anne has lost her youth through her loss of Frederick Wentworth is referred to repeatedly throughout the novel. The extent to which Anne is altered is an indication of the impact that her earlier decision creates:"Her attachment and regrets had, for a long time, clouded every enjoyment of youth; and an early loss of bloom and spirits had been their lasting effect."The decision she made eight years ago has significantly affected her character in later life. When Captain Wentworth sees her again he remarks on Anne's appearance to her sister Mary who relates to Anne:"You were so altered he should not have known you again" (Austen 59). Anne has been transformed from the person Wentworth knew in his youth both physically and in character.Throughout the book Austen portrays Anne as shy, gentle and good - none of these bad qualities. However, she is also...

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