Marianne Willoughby Research Paper

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When Marianne Dashwood receives a letter from John Willoughby stating that he has never had any feelings for her, this triggers an emotional chain reaction: in her devastated state of mind she first blames Willoughby, then denies his unscrupulousness while suspecting an unknown woman, his fiancée, of being her enemy (cf. S&S 179), but at last quickly returns to the thought that Willoughby himself may have actually written it: “It is too much! Oh! Willoughby, Willoughby, could this be your’s! Cruel, cruel – nothing can acquit you. […] Willoughby, where was your heart, when you wrote those words? Oh! barbarously insolent!” (S&S 180)
Towards the end of the novel, as Willoughby comes to talk to Elinor and to inquire after Marianne to eliminate his guilt, he mentions the aforesaid letter: “‘And in short – what do you think of my wife’s stile of letter-writing?’ ‘Your wife! – The letter was
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At this point one can record the fact that all of them jeopardise the respective heroine’s happy ending; however, these women are not all equal as they differ in efficiency and menace. Researchers in the field of Jane Austen have rather neglected this topic; although there are a few character analyses or references, nobody has explicitly investigated the entity of Austen’s female antagonists yet. It is noticeable though that certain types of female antagonists repeatedly occur in Jane Austen’s novels. According to their respective features, every single one of these characters can be thus put into one of three different categories, which, in the following, will be referred to as ‘The Old Schemers’, ‘The Self-Centred Girls’, and ‘The Rivals’. Although one could obviously create/establish further different categories, I keep to only the above listed three to avoid unnecessary

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