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"generosity is seen as a necessary virtue in the social world of sense and sensibility." discuss

 

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted August 21, 2013 at 4:58 AM (Answer #1)

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'Generosity' can be defined as 'liberality in giving' and 'nobility of thought and behaviour' and it is derived from the latin word generous which means of noble birth. Jane Austen illustrates 'generosity' as a wanted fact. Mostly, she conveys this through the characters of Colonel Brandon and Elinor, whom she holds up as exemplary.

Colonel Brandon-- eventually is unveiled of this good character. He has helped Eliza Williams who has been abandoned cruelly by Willoughby. The reason for his immediate leaving the party whom were gathered to go to Whitewell was also pertained with this. His character is ameliorated of generosity and of a hero while those of Willoghby have made vanished, with the disclosure of his true self.

Colonel Brandon of course offers Edward, Delaford living when he was disinherited by his mother for the secret engagement he had with Lucy Steel. His helps his neighbour. Brandon's treatment to Marianne can also be defined generous, for she could settle in a comfortable way even after the unfortunate series of trials.

Jane Austen approves generosity while codemning being selfish. Elinor is also a generous character, though she was not able to offer any living or be a warden, she helps the family. Elinor keeps her misfortunes and grief to herself for the sake of social propriety and for the ease of the family. She is very sensitive to the feelings of others, eventhough she particularly would not like them. She attempts to console Marianne in her heartbreak. Her prominancy is for the comfort of others. Lucy's secret is also kept to herself, and she go to lengths like being a friend to her despite her personal grief. All thses defined the word 'generosity'. The philosophy of giving for others (and not taking and being selfish caring only of oneself) is triumphantly accepted by Jane Austen.

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