a literary survey, part two

What do you think of Fanny Price?

a) Hate.
b) Love.
c) Used to hate, now love.
d) Used to love, now hate.

Please give your reasons in your response. Also, if you've read Lionel Trilling's essay, "Mansfield Park," that would be good to know.


Julia said...

Hate is too strong a word, but definitely on the negative side. I feel like I don't like her as a person because she has no backbone, isn't very funny, and is a prig. I don't dislike the novel as a whole, BTW. And no, I haven't read that essay.

Kimberly said...

Yeah, dislike.

Of course, I do love the novels, but I am becoming increasingly convinced that Austen's protagonists shouldn't be seen as "heroines" in any sense of the word, but merely as what Jane thought "normal" women ought to be like.

Bea said...

Hate is not only too strong a word, but might even be seen as a compliment. I'd say my reaction to Fanny Price is more of an eye-roll.

Hairline Fracture said...

Fanny is my least-favorite of the Austen heroines. She is so prim and fearful (so, basically, what Julia said.)