Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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What characterization techniques does Jane Austen use to tell us about the characters in Sense and Sensibility?

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Austen does not usually use direct characterization, but usually prefers subtle indirect characterization. However, we see some very clear examples of direct characterization, as well as indirect, in Sense and Sensibility.

In the first chapter, she devotes one full paragraph to describing Elinor as the eldest and, at the age of 19, so capable of perception and level-headed judgement that she frequently advises her mother. Austen especially points out that "She had an excellent heart;--her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong; but she knew...

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