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jessicasprofi... | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM via web

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Compare and contrast the two characters elinor and marianne dashwood in Jane Austen's book sense and sensibiility?

 

how do they deal with life after  their fathers death?

how do they represent sense and sensibilty in their actions reactions to love and society?

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted March 13, 2013 at 4:28 AM (Answer #1)

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The two characters Elinor and Marianne represent sense and sensibility respectively. When the book is read and reread you'll find a lot of instances how Austen portrays the contradiction. Elinor, being the counseller of the family, is very far sighted.

Elinor, the eldest daughter whose advice was so effectual, possessed a strength of understanding, and coolness of judgement, which qualified her, though only nineteen.....

... and her feelings were strong; but she knew how to govern them..

In contrast Marianne is an extremist sometimes.

her sorrows, joys could have no moderation. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent..

Just think about the way they reacted over the similar situations. Both were affected by the death of thier father. But while Elinor controled herself, Marianne magnified the grief, thinking about the bygone things over and over. In love both seeked compatibility, they came over a similar situation there too. Elinor could conceal her pain, for the sake of her sisters and mother, but Maarianne could not. She nearly dead with fever because of continuously weeping over Willoughby's declaration. The way they judge people is also a good evidence of this representation of sense and sensibility. Marianne jumps into conclusions, express herself not caring about others' feelings. She lives in a dream world, but Elinor in contrast, lives on reality.

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