Persuasion Author:Jane Austen As with all of Jane Austen's novels, "Persuasion" deals in some fashion with a woman's problems in falling in love. That is to say, it is not only necessary to find a man, but to fall in love with the right one. To love both wisely and well is difficult, and the usual problem of the Austen heroine is to side-step the various traps of false lov... more »e in the form of professed lovers who are rarely what they seem. At the same time, the true love must be seen for what he is, rather than viewed through a haze of misunderstanding and prejudgment. Finally, the true love himself must come to realize the depth and nature of his affection.
In "Persuasion", the wise characters know enough to allow their persuasions to be replaced by new ones. As Jane Austen sees it, wrapped up in lives other than their own, they are able to judge their own motives more objectively and, therefore, know when to be "persuaded" to love the right person.