Abstract: Jane Austen, the most outstanding woman novelist at the end of 18th century, was the first important woman writer in the history of English literature as well. In her short life, she has created six complete novels and left behind three fragments. Apparently, she writes about everyday life, but in fact, Austen describes many women characters in detail from her individual feminist perspective and focuses on the improvement of their ability and status, which reveals the awakening feminist consciousness. All her novels have been interpreted by many critics. However, so far the analyses about Persuasion are mainly focused on the view of love and marriage etc, while there is little study on the feminist consciousness. Therefore, this thesis tries to put more emphasis on the detailed description of Anne and other women characters from Austen’s feminist viewpoints and to explore Austen’s feminist consciousness and the social significance as well.
Key words: Jane Austen; Persuasion; women characters; feminist consciousness