Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility Essays

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Love comes in many shapes and forms, whether it’s an inanimate object or a person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Jane Austen’s novel, “Sense and Sensibility”, revolves around two sisters who try to find true love, while requiring a balance of reason and emotion. Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are viewed as two completely different people. Elinor is known to represent “sense” while Marianne represents “sensibility.” In the novel, Jane Austen emphasizes two common women’s characteristics, and shows us how Elinor and Marianne both find love and happiness only by overcoming their struggles and learning from one another’s actions and mistakes. It is clear that Marianne and Elinor are in fact two completely different people as we…show more content…
She was in love in a matter of minutes, “Everything he said was clever.” (Austen 46). this shows how quickly she opened her heart into loving a man, putting feelings before logic. “Marianne is so drowned by her passions that she does not even stop to think that Willoughby and her may not and will not be engaged” (Manukyan). The sisters develop heartbreaks by their two love interests and it sheds light on how their emotions change the plot of the story. Both Elinor and Marianne get their hearts broken by the men they loved. In the beginning, Elinor meets a man named Edward Ferrars and the two immediately click almost like they were meant for one another. They soon face troubles when they find out others don’t find them good enough for each other. Marianne tells Elinor that she finds Edward too dull, while Edwards’s mother doesn’t approve of them being together. Putting others aside, the feelings between them begin to grow and we start to question if they are falling in love. Eventually, Elinor and her family end up moving to Barton Cottage, causing things with Edward to become complicated. They begin to communicate less, and Marianne finds it strange that Edward had not came to visit Elinor yet. But Elinor being the strong one, hides her feelings well and acts like she’s not upset with the situation. It is later on in the novel that Elinor discovers from another woman, Lucy Steele,
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