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by Jane Austen

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What are two ways Jane Austen characterizes one character in Sense and Sensibility? I need help understanding two things Austen does for characterization related to one character.

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Austen routinely uses both direct characterization and indirect characterization to draw the picture of her characters. She began using this dual approach to characterization in Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility and continued with it right through to Persuasion and Lady Susan.

Direct characterization: In direct characterization the narrator (in this case Austen' authorial third-person narratorial voice) makes direct remarks about and explanations of a character's personality traits, feelings, thoughts, psychological motivations and reactions to events and to other characters.

Austen initiates characterization of all the principle characters in this direct way in Chapter 1. [It is interesting to note that Austen introduces secondary characters in Sense and Sensibility before introducing primary characters.] Using Marianne as an example, the narrator explains that while Marianne has admirable qualities of mind and heart ("sensible, clever, ... generous, amiable, interesting"), her dominant trait is...

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