Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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In Sense and Sensibility, gossip seems to be one of the main themes throughout the book. There seem to be many different types of gossip going on in the book. What do the many instances of gossip in

In Sense and Sensibility, gossip seems to be one of the main themes throughout the book. There seem to be many different types of gossip going on in the book. What do the many instances of gossip in Sense and Sensibility reveal about Austen; why does she include all this gossip in her book?

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Jane Austen’s intent in the novel Sense and Sensibility with her inclusion of the accounts of gossip and social drivel is to mock and decry it. Austen was famous for her distaste for typical stories, particularly the way in which women were portrayed.

This novel in particular was meant to poke fun at the niceties of society that will constantly gossip behind your back. As the title suggests, one of the biggest themes is the idea of sensibility and prudence, not only in relationships and marriages, but in acquaintances and socialization. It was a common trope in both society and literature of the time to assume that all women did when they...

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