Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Discuss the role that money and property play in Sense and Sensibility.

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 It comes to no surprise that the role of money and property would take a center stage in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. After all, in a society where money is equivalent to social respectability and opportunity, having the means (and the ways to show them off) are the Regency England's equivalent as what would be a modern form of our "American Dream."

In addition to money representing a form of "dream of social success" , in Austen's male-oriented society, money and property also represent a form of "passport" that greatly benefits females. With a good dowry in place, a woman would be able to secure a husband in good financial standing. As a result the two families involved gain much benefit from solidifying their financial future through the union of two good fortunes.

This is not the first time we see the motifs of marriage, money, and property in Austen's works. Even Pride and Prejudice clearly shows how marriage, money, and property are an expected social transaction.


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