1.) In Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, the title is a metaphor for the two maincharacters Elinor and Marianne. Elinor represents sense and Marianne representsWe find out early that Elinor does not share her feelings.
When Edward comes into thestory, there was an immediate attraction. She tells no one of her feelings. It was justassumed that they are meant for each other. When Edward has to leave, Elinor saysnothing. Edward does promise he will come down and give Margaret an atlas.
When theatlas comes and not Edward, the one who ends up crying was Margaret and not Elinor.We do learn, however, that Elinor can get emotional too. When Marianne was playingthe piano at their new cottage, Elinor cries as she listens. She said the song was herlate father’s favorite. Later on in the story, Marianne kept on nagging Elinor for notsharing her feelings.
Finally, Elinor shows her emotions by telling her that she did have abroken heart after she found out that Edward had a fiancee – Lucy. Elinor woulddefinitely represent sense. She keeps her thoughts to herself. Maybe it is because shethinks she will not end up hurting so bad as Marianne did.
Marianne, on the other hand, represents sensibility. She follows her heart. She doesnot let anything come in the way of showing her emotions. When she first met ColonelBrandon, it is obvious that he was in love with her at first sight.
Marianne, shows veryclear that she was not interested in such an old man like him. However, when Mariannemeets Willoghby, it was like a hero rescuing his princess. They fall in love with eachother. Marianne does not hide her emotions about Willoughby to anyone, However, inthe society that they were in, Willoughby did not think he could marry Mariannebecause of the social class.
In the end, this almost kills Marianne. As Marianne realizesthat the Colonel has always been there, she falls in love with him. 2.) My favorite character is Colonel Brandon. I think in a way he is very much likeElinor.
He does not show his emotions a whole lot, but he does talk to people about hisproblems. There were so many instances when he asks Elinor about the relationshipbetween Marianne and Willoughby. He was always depressed to hear and to know thatthere was no way of getting his lover from Willoughby. However, that does not stop hispassion for her. I admire his integrity and dignity.
Despite his sadness and jealousyperhaps, he was never tempted or intended to destroy their relationship and never triedto break them up. He was always silently wishing in his heart that Marianne somedaywill notice him. I think he is sophisticated and does not deserve a brat like Marianne.
Even now, I still do not understand why a rich and sophisticated like him would want animmature and na’ve lady like Marianne? I guess maybe the opposite attracts!! 3.) My favorite scene of the story is in the ending. The story ends happily with Elinormarrying Edward, and Marianne marrying the Colonel. There is a gentle irony in theoutcome of Marianne’s life.
“Marianne was born to extraordinary fate. She was born toovercome an affection formed so late in life as at seventeen, and with no sentimentsuperior to strong esteem and lively friendship, voluntarily to give her hand toanother-and that other, a man who had suffered no less than herself under the eventof a former attachment, whom, two years ago, she had consider too old to be married,and who still sought the constitutional safeguard of a flannel waistcoat!”(pg. 304) I feelmost happy for Colonel Brandon because, “he was now as happy as hose who bestloved him believed he deserved to be; in Marianne he was consoled for every pastaffliction. Marianne could never loves by halves; and her whole heart became, in time,as much devoted to her husband as it had once been to Willoughby.”(pg. 305) As forWilloughby, he could not hear of her marriage without a pang; He long thought ofColonel Brandon with envy and of Marianne with regret!As for Elinor and Edward, I think it’s especially comforting for Elinor.
I can imagine howhappy and joyful she must have felt. After all those days of wondering and doubting ifEdward really loved her or not, she must felt a sense of relieve now. “They are realistic;they do not imagine that one can live on integrity and no income. But, given a stipendsufficient for moderate comfort, another fact of life is that something is more importantto true sense and sensibility that the selfish and ignorant possession of a great deal of4.
) There are two climaxes in the novel. One that belongs to Marianne and the other toElinor. Marianne’s climax came first. It all began when Willoughby left without biddingher goodbye in a sincere manner; in fact, his attitude was rather rude. Marianne’s heartwas struck, she cried and mourned for days and days without talking to anyone muchor eating her meals. Later, when Marianne and Elinor went to London with Mrs.Jennings, Marianne was so eager to see Willoughby.
She wrote a letter to Willoughby assoon as she reached London. For the whole day, Marianne was so eager to receiveWilloughby’s mail. Her heart sank when no shadow of Willoughby was seen and no voiceof his was heard. Marianne continued to write him two letters. Finally, after Marianne’s third letter he wrote back.
It included first an apology, then hishonest feeling towards Marianne. Marianne was shocked to hear that he did not feelthe same way as she felt for him. She always assumed that he loved her.
This was notonly her own assumption, there are many others assumed this too! They seemed soclose that some believed that they were engaged. After reading that note, Mariannefelt that her whole trip is now pointless, for she came all the way there just so that shemight meet him again. As you know by now, Marianne who represents sensibility, neverhides her feeling. She again wept for days and days without eating or talking withanyone.
Her immediate resolution was followed by Elinor’s climax. It began when Elinormet Lucy (who is Edward’s fiancee). Elinor was more than shocked to face the shockingtruth. However, she still kept her promise of keeping it a secret.
Lucy and Edward hadbeen engaged for more than four years, and they were supposed to be married verysoon. This thought bothered Elinor so much. She began to doubt the credibility ofEdward. “Had Edward been intentionally deceiving her? Had he feigned a regard for herwhich he did not feel? Was his engagement to Lucy an engagement of the heart? NO,whatever it might once have be, she could not believe it such at present.
His affectionwas all her own. She could not be deceived in that. Her mother, sisters, Fanny, all hadbeen conscious of his regard for her at Norland; it was not an illusion of her own vanity.Her certainly loved her.
How much could it not tempt her to forgive! He had beenblamable, highly blamable, in remaining at Norland after he first felt her influence overhim to be more than it ought to be.” (pg. 127) From that little passage, it is explicitthat Elinor is confused with soberness. From later passages, we can infer that Elinorhas suffered as much pain as Marianne and, the only difference is that she carried onwith composure and never showed her feelings.
She practically went through the wholesituation without arousing anyone’s suspicion. The first climax fell when Elinor finallytells Marianne the pain she has been going through. Marianne felt guilty andembarrassed because, Elinor, besides, going through her own pain, she has alsosuffered along with Marianne’s pain. Furthermore, in Marianne’s view, Elinor has beensuffering FOR her.
Marianne, regretted her own behavior and felt extremely shameful.Fortunately, they got over their sadness fairly soon. The climax occured when Elinorfound out Edward had always loved her and not Lucy. It is also during that time thatMarianne and the Colonel developed a mutual relationship. Soon, both couples were5.) I don’t like Jane Austen’s book that much. There was not much suspense in it andthe happy ending is just too mundane.
Despite the negative aspects, I think it is a verywell written book. I learned that our life is pre-destined. There really isn’t much we cando to change the path of our life.
As in Marianne’s life, she married the man whom shethought was too old. I also learned that when things do not turn out the way weexpected, or when things all the sudden turn down-side, we should react with calmnessand composure and not just cry and burst out with our immediate feelings. Patience isthe keyword.
With patience it is much easier to deal with painful situations. Most of thetime, it turns out pretty well if you can think optimistically’. J6.) Yes, I am glad I read this book because it is one of the well-known classics. I seeno harm only benefits in reading a book.
Sense and Sensibility has given me a betterunderstanding of the women and lifestyle during that time-period. Most of the womenback then are pretty much like Elinor and Marianne. Education for them wasn’t viewedas highly as now. It seems their parents just want to marry them off to some rich andupper class man so that they may lead a luxurious life without bothering their parentsanymore. Also, women back then are a lot more artistic than women now.
Most of themplay the piano “really” well; if not, they have some sort of other artistic talents.Personally, I’m glad I am born late in this century. I do not know how I could survive if IBibliography: