What are major themes in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?
One major theme in Sense and Sensibility is the contrast between the rational mind and emotions. Jane Austen wrote this novel as a protest against the passionate ideas found in popular works of the Romantic period. The novel teaches that it is far better to rely on sense when it comes to matters of the heart, then it is to be guided by uncontrolled emotions.
Elinor represents the theme of "sense," or the rational self. She is very perceptive and wise, and frequently advises her mother. Even though she experiences the same heartbreak as Marianne with respect to falling in love with Edward who is already engaged, she doesn't abandon...
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