Sense and Sensibilty by Jane Austen

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen is a satirical clash of the two cultural movements: Romanticism, a movement focused on how imagination and emotion are more important than reason and formal rules, and Classicism, a movement centered on the qualities of formal etiquette, logic, and rationality. Austen focuses on the moral and social attributes of each, mainly their concepts on love. She portrays these traits in all the characters in the book, mainly the two oldest Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who indirectly embody the title of the novel. They are inverted to each other where one represents Classicism and the other Romanticism. This is important because it provides the necessary dichotomy to create an understanding of the negatives of both movements. If Austen focused purely on one, than she makes the other seem better, which wouldn't be a proper satire on both movements. So by giving the two main characters traits from each and causing them both to have the same negative results, she makes a stronger contrast on both movements. One of the sisters, Elinor is the sense of the title and the typical 18th century neo-classical woman with many of the traits from that period, such as insight, perspective, judgment, and most importantly logical loving. However this sense causes her to dictate herself to the social conventions of Classicism like not expressing her true feelings and always looking to please others, especially the men in society. Meanwhile, Marianne,

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