Persuasion's Unique Style

Persuasion was published post-humously, but proves itself to be distinct from the other Austen works we have read thus far. Robert P. Irvine explains this as such:

"Persuasion can appear as a move in new directions: darker, more pessimistic, readier to admit the value of passion and romance cut loose from the demands of society, it is often seen as anticipating the approach of later women novelists and in particular the Brontë sisters. In fact the inwardness of Persuasion, its greater concern with the thoughts and feelings of its heroine compared with the social situations in which she moves, is made possible by a mastery of narrative technique that Austen had been developing throughout her career, in particular the use of free indirect discourse..." (Irvine 39). 

Irvine, Robert P.. Jane Austen, Taylor & Francis Group, 2005. ProQuest Ebook Central,
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