Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How do Elinor and Marianne Dashwoods' characterizations compare and contrast, especially with respect to their grief over their father's death and over lost love, as we see in Jane Austen's Sense and...

How do Elinor and Marianne Dashwoods' characterizations compare and contrast, especially with respect to their grief over their father's death and over lost love, as we see in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?

Expert Answers info

Tamara K. H. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write3,619 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

As the title suggests, the main difference between the characterizations of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, is that Elinor is described as relying on sense to govern her actions, while Marianne believes on governing all things with her emotions, or sensibilities. One good chapter to use to examine their differences in characterization, especially in terms of how they handle their father's death, is the very first chapter.

In the first chapter, Austen uses some paragraphs of direct characterizations to describe Elinor as being sensible, rational, calm, cool, collected, and the one their mother relies on for advice. Marianne, on the other hand, while recognized as "sensible and...

(The entire section contains 339 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now




check Approved by eNotes Editorial


shylain | Student

http://www.enotes.com/sense-sensibility/q-and-a/compare-contrast-characterization-elinor-dashwood-253964

check Approved by eNotes Editorial