Jane Austen 's Sense And Sensibility

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Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility, contains many themes common to novels of her time such as class, inheritance, and love. In particular, love is one of the most prominent themes throughout the novel. While the novel features a complex intertwining of multiple characters’ lives, it mainly focuses on that of the two eldest Dashwood daughters, Elinor and Marianne. In particular, our focus is on that of the second to oldest, Marianne. She experiences a whirlwind romance with the dashing John Willoughby but ultimately ends up marrying the older Colonel Brandon. This rushed approach to the marriage may have resulted from Marianne learning to love Colonel Brandon. Brandon has shown nothing but the utmost respect and care for Marianne from the start and she should have taken notice. However, the marriage to Colonel Brandon is an unlikely event brought on by Austen to end the plot rather than the true love Marianne has always longed for in her life. The marriage takes place within the last few pages of the novel with little to no lead up by Austen. Although the marriage of Marianne and Colonel Brandon could be the result of a slow burning love that grew between the two characters, it is actually the result of a swift and unlikely ending to the novel, a deus ex machina. Marianne has consistently shown romanticized ideas about love from the start of the novel on through her heartbreak with Willoughby. She even declares herself that her ideas of the perfect man are so high and
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