Monday, February 9, 2009

Book Review: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park is Jane Austen's novel written between 1812 and 1814.

The main character is Fanny Price, a poor family's girl who moves to Mansfield Park to live with her aunt's family. She has four cousins; Tom, Edmund, Maria and Julia, and she is always threated as a inferior to them. Only her cousin Edmund threats her as equal, which makes Edmund Fanny's dearest friend, and person she deeply loves.

When the children are grown up, Sir Thomas, the father of the children leaves abroad to take care of his businesses. Just after his leave Henry Crawford and his sister Mary move to the parsonage near Mansfield Park to live with their stepsister and her husband.
First Mary is very determined to marry Tom, while Henry is flirting with both Maria and Julia.
Maria is engaged to Mr. Rushworth, so basicly Henry is for Julia.
When Maria and Rushworth gets married after Sir Thomas is back, Julia leaves to London with Mr and Mrs. Rushworth and Fanny is then the only young lady in Mansfield Park.

Sir Thomas becomes really fond of Fanny, and he starts to take care of her more.
After Maria and Julia has left, Henry Crawford tells to her sister,that he determined to propose Fanny. Fanny do not accept his hand, because she is secretly in love with her cousin Edmund.
Edmund is blindly in love with Mary and does not see her flaws. Edmund is to be a clergy man, and Mary does not approve clergy men.

In the end, Maria leaves her new husband and home and runs away with Henry Crawford. Also Julia has got married with Mr. Yates, old friend of Tom's. Edmund has also realized that the picture of Mary which is inside his head is really Fanny. It is Fanny who took care of his mother and stayed loayl to Sir Thomas.

Edmund and Fanny gets married and they move to the parsonage near Mansfield Park.

Mansfield Park is my favorite Austen book after Pride and Prejudice for many reasons. I really like Fanny as a character. She is loyal and respectful, but also smart by her own way. She has learned a lot from her cousin Edmund. Edmund is my second favorite Austen hero after Darcy. I think the way Edmund threats Fanny is so loving, but also brotherly. I love to think, that all the time Edmund was thinking of Mary he was really thinking ofd Fanny.

Sometimes I feel bad for Henry Chawford, because I really think he loved Fanny. But I understand why Fanny did not accept his proposal, she knew she would not be happy in a marriage with Henry. She believed, that in the end her love for Edmund will win.

Mansfield Park is one of those books I can read again and again and again. Just like all the other Austen books too. I have said this many times, but Austen was genious writer and Mansfield Park is a genenious, amazing piece of literature.

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