Jane Austen 's Sense And Sensibility

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Jane Austen is an English romantic novelist whose books emphasize the significance of strong sibling relationships. Her novel Sense and Sensibility tells the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who experience great love and lost. Throughout the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter challenges, which alters each of them, and these individu18al changes transform their sisterhood. Elinor and Marianne are close in age and are both educated, but their difference in character causes opposition. Elinor is sensible and this causes her to be selfless, practical, sensible, and responsible, while Marianne’s indulgence in her sentiments causes her to be selfish, and rude. Yet, as the novel continues the dynamic of their relationship improves. In this paper, I will argue that the tension between Marianne and Elinor emerges because of differences in their personality. However, as the novel progresses the tension between the two heroines decrease because Marianne becomes more like Elinor. There have been many speculations of what causes the tension in Elinor and Marianne’s sisterhood. One critic, Gila P. Reinstein, claims that “The true opposition in the novel is between selfishness and selflessness” (275). Reinstein supports this argument by analyzing the heroines’ actions and their patterns of speech and thought. Although I agree that the contrasting characteristics of selflessness and selfishness play a monumental role in the developing tension between the two heroines,
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