Sunday, 19 August 2012

Mansfield Park - Cousin Edmund is an Idiot

WARNING – in this post I am going to be all over the shop and I will no doubt contradict myself too.

*flings book across the room*


Mansfield Park is one of the few books that I have read where I wanted with all of my heart for the leading lady to end up with someone other than who she ended up with.

Yip, Cousin Edmund BUGS THE LIFE OUT OF ME! I cannot help but see him as weak willed and more than a little dim, and, well…milksop(ish) . Nope I really don’t like him and every adaptation that I have seen only backs this up. I want to grab him and shake him for being so stupid.

And that is why I wanted Fanny to end up with Henry Crawford.

Picking the bad boy is always portrayed as being bad – and even when the bad boy is chosen he is often the best of the bad boys and not as bad as the baddest bad boy (OK are you dizzy yet?)

Personally I think that Henry is the better man. There is of course the argument that he would have not remained faithful to Fanny had they married but I think that he did love her. But then there is also the argument that Edmund always loved Fanny and was too stupid blind to see this until it hit him like the proverbial bolt from the blue…

See, I told you this post was going to be confusing and all over the place.

But I think that what I am trying to say is that I did not feel that Edmund was worthy of Fanny.

What do you guys think?



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1 comment:

  1. I think that Edmund is very quick to dismiss Fanny once he's enthralled by Mary, and then he thinks it's all good, and you're given to understand that he likes Fanny better, in the end, because she has better morals. Which is so unromantic.


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