Title

Questions of Value: Patterns of Exchange and Morality in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"

Department

English: Literature and Writing

Publication Year

2010

Abstract

By employing the language of Adam Smith's moral and economic theories to investigate the moral nature of personal exchanges in Mansfield Park, it is apparent that relationships formed out of self-interest or built on unequal power are easily destroyed and morally destitute while lasting relationships are characterized by an unselfish investment of labor, cultivation of mutual respect, and the reinforcement of moral value.

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