Sense and Sensibility written by Jane Austen is a novel that does not only deal with two sister’s love matters, but how two dissimilar personalities respond to society and love. The theme of “society vs. sense” is existed throughout the novel because it is concerned with the ruling of one’s feelings, or the incapability to do so. Declaring love for someone, nurturing one’s self and not caring what people think is important in expressing this kind of “social duty.”(Pam Morris, 43) This kind of theme is always present, with some dramatization, within Emma Thompson’s 1995 film adaption. Literary critic Deborah Kaplan argues that Thompson’s film adaption demonstrates “harlequinization”, where the narrative structure of the “mass-market structure”, where a lot of people really like them, it focuses on a hero and a heroin’s courtship at the expense of the other characters and experiences. Kaplan is stating that the film is negative because some characters are underrepresented. She’s right, but at the same time it is to be expected because it is a film adaption. I argue that Kaplan is right, the film adaption does demonstrate this “harlequinization” to the point where it ignores all the important scenes within the novel such as how the Dashwood sisters are represented, Marianne’s rescuers Willoughby and Colonel Brandon in contrast to the novel.
Often, two people who have endured similar life experiences and share an unmistakable parallel in lifestyles can be viewed as duplicates of one individual. In Sense and Sensibility, the two main characters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood can be seen as two extensions of the same character. The sisters are relatively close in age, grew up with the same social expectations of the same time period and household, and they evidently experienced similar childhood and family trauma and problems. Although it could be argued that they are the same character, these young women are very different from each other, in respects to their roles and practice of responsibility, their display of emotions, and openness to love. Jane Austen has cleverly titled
The Characters and Behaviour of Edward Ferrars and John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility In the novel "Sense and Sensibility" the two characters Edward Ferrars and John Willoughby are foils. Jane Austen gives each three options in marriage - a previous attachment, Eliza Williams
This past Wednesday, I embarked with my National Honor Society on a field trip to watch the performance of a Christmas classic, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. The performance was a stage musical performed by the cast of the La Comedia dinner theatre. Being a strong performer in the theatre and theatre enthusiast myself, I was excited to watch this Christmas classic come to life on stage. As a child, I made frequent visits to La Comedia with family members, so I find myself very familiar with this theatre. I have always found a love for the atmosphere of the theatre, the food provided, and the performances presented on the stage. At La Comedia, they claim to provide ‘a taste of Broadway’, which immediately sets the standards for each production. I have very high expectations for each performance I attend and this performance of A Christmas Carol did not disappoint. The actors of La Comedia definitely do not lack extraordinary talent, and the entire theatre staff sticks to traditions they have developed over time, giving the entire setting a wonderful, traditional ambiance. The La Comedia performance of A Christmas Carol did an exquisite job of bringing this story to life while sticking to the classic tale, with the additions of great songs from the Broadway version and the overall atmosphere and service provided for an entertaining event.
At the age of eight, my mother took me on a trip to New York City. On it, I saw the Lin Manuel-Miranda show In the Heights. Unlike my eight-year-old self, my mother loved performing arts, and she occasionally played CD’s from musicals in the car, which I groaned about. Given this, it is not hard to imagine I was less excited than the average person to see a broadway show; however, when my mother mentioned, “Chad from High School Musical is in it,” I perked up. As I walked into the theatre, my attitude improved again from the astonishingly vast house, filled with endless rows of red, velvet chairs leading towards an expansive stage trimmed with gold. Nevertheless, I still did not appreciate the opportunity to witness a Tony Award-winning musical, as I would in three hours. When the lights dimmed, the whole theatre fell silent, yet still buzzed with anticipation.
If not, what past experience did you have? Was this different or similar? Growing up, I have been to multiple theatre productions. I have seen the musical Wicked and the Lion King on Broadway, A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre and several high school productions including Greese and Much Ado
How can you describe the Heathers? According to Veronica Sawyer they are simply popular, beautiful, mythic bitches. But do they deserve to die? Heathers took me on an exciting journey with the seniors of Sherwood Ohio that challenge the ideas of homosexuality, promiscuousness, and most obviously suicide. I was lucky
I went to the performance of, “Of Mice and Men” and words can not describe how incredible it was. You could tell how much effort was put by all into making this show the best. In the beginning I had no Idea what the play was even about, who the characters were, what was going to happen, it was all a surprise to me. I did know though that the cast was small and the stage is also not the biggest but I knew it was going to look incredible. I had expectations for the stage, but when I walked I saw that they surpassed them, like always of course. I had the privilege to see the show twice, once doing the show rehearsal because I was taking pictures for the newspaper, (watch out for those!) And the second time I went to the free show. SO basically I got the best of both
On Sunday, February 26th I attended a performance of To Kill A Mockingbird at the A.D. Players Theatre, directed by Kevin Dean. This show, which is a stage adaptation of the classic American novel by Harper Lee, tells the story of Scout Finch, and the prejudice she experiences from the circumstances of her father, Atticus, defending an African-American man in trial. The story teaches lessons of tolerance, acceptance, and overall conceptually taking the time to walk around in someone else’s shoes before placing judgement. Although there were a few minor technical errors concerning the scenic design, I felt as though the actors were well-cast and gave memorable performances, and the costumes fit well with the designated time period.
Title “I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.” (Austen 68) As Elinor declares in Jane Austin’s novel Sense and Sensibility, it is true; actions do speak louder than words. What someone does means a lot more than what someone says. Someone can tell you that they love you, but if they never show you than how will you know if they truly mean it. Love is meant for people like Elinor and Edward who showed each other their love and respected social conventions. However, people like Marianne and Willoughby are not very deserving, due to their lust-based relationship and choices to ignore the common rules of society. Love is achieved through obstacles and not pure lust, and is only meant
Balance Between Sense and Sensibility in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey Throughout her novel, Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen integrates parody with characterization to emphasize the necessity of a balance between sense and sensibility while reflecting a theme of the initiation of a young woman into the complexities of adult social life. This novel can be traced back as one of Jane Austen's earliest works. It was written in 1798, but not published until 1818, and is an excellent example of what Austen believed a novel should not be. In the work Jane Austen's Novels Social Change and Literary Form, Julia Prewitt Brown states "The evident purpose of Northanger Abbey is to burlesque the popular fiction of her day, to carry its conventions
First impressions are often made off of the visual appearance of a person (Bar, et al. 269). They often have a great impact on the way one interacts with others. Typically the effects of first impressions are negative, in the sense that they may cause one to jump to conclusions. Throughout Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen incorporated first impressions heavily among the characters and how it had later affected them.
Jane Austen's groundbreaking novel Sense and Sensibility is a relationship-driven account of female protagonists. Sense and Sensibility shares much in common with other novels by and about women. Themes like autonomy versus independence and the role of women in a patriarchal society are explored in Sense and Sensibility. Using two
The play attracted an audience of almost a thousand, majority of which were senior adults who wanted to see how the young generation could bring out the concepts of Hugo’s novel into action. A good number of the poorer audience members were allowed to pay a few bucks to stand in front of the stage while the affluent majority sat on the covered galleries, paying twice as much as the poor audience for their seats. I could realize that the attendance was beyond the expectations of the play’s organizer because most people complained about missing a ticket to watch it.
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.