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Compare and contrast the characterization of Elinor Dashwood and Marianne Dashwood in...

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manaljaber | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted April 14, 2011 at 2:58 AM via web

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Compare and contrast the characterization of Elinor Dashwood and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility.

How do they deal with life after their father's death?

How do they represent sense and sensibility in their actions and reactions to love and society?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Elinor and Marianne Dashwood have very disparate personalities. Elinor is reserved and tends to bottle up her feelings, while Marianne is overly dramatic. Elinor feels it her duty to make sure everyone else's needs are met while Marianne often does not even notice others needs. These two characters both have a strong reaction to their father's death. While Marianne expresses her grief through music and other such outlets, Elinor finds quiet moments alone to shead her tears. Both characters find it difficult to adjust to their new life without their father. They have both lost their fortune and their dowries. Both must find a husband or some other way to survive on their limited income.

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