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Which is the major contrast made between Elinor and Marianne?  

Elinor and Marianne represent, respectively, the sense and sensibility of the title. Their biggest contrast lies in their respective temperaments, which really couldn't be any more different....

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 9:11 am UTC

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What is the main theme of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?

As the title suggests, the primary theme of Sense and Sensibility is the use of sense vs. sensibility. In protest against the romantic literature of her day that praised extreme emotionalism and...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013 7:16 am UTC

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What are the main conflicts in the Sense and Sensibility? Please give 5 examples.

In literature there are two main types of conflict: internal (sometimes called psychological) and external. In Sense and Sensibility, we see both types of conflict at play.External conflicts exist...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 2:26 am UTC

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What are two literary devices used by Jane Austen in Sense and Sensibility and how do they contribute to the setting...

Actually, truth be told, Jane Austen is not a good author to use for trying to find typical literary devices such as metaphor (simile is a type of metaphor), personification, etc. The reason for...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2013 5:40 pm UTC

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In Sense and Sensibility, how does the relationship between Marianne and Colonel Brandon change over the course of...

At the beginning of the novel, Marianne is described as eager in everything … her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. … She was everything but prudent (chapter 1). These characteristics...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020 6:38 pm UTC

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Explain the setting of Sense and Sensibility.

Sense and Sensibility is set in gentry (what we might roughly call upper middle class/lower aristocratic) locales in early nineteenth century England, settings Jane Austen would have been...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 1:58 pm UTC

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What does Austen mean by "sense" and "sensibility"?

The terms “sense” and “sensibility” are used to describe the personalities of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, the two sisters who serve as protagonists in the novel. “Sense” refers to common sense....

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 12:44 am UTC

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What is the major conflict in Sense and Sensibility?

As the title indicates, two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, represent sense and sensibility, or as we might say today, logic and emotionalism. Elinor is too likely to hide her emotions and...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 8:47 pm UTC

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What do you think is the main theme or message in Sense and Sensibility?

As it is stated in the title, Sense and Sensibility illustrates the clash that occurs when emotions rule our common sense. Austen presents, in a variety of story lines, that romance and social...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2011 9:30 am UTC

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How does the relationship between Elinor and Marianne change over the course of the novel Sense and Sensibility?

The relationship between the Dashwood sisters is that of the title: Sense and Sensibility. While each sister begins clearly representing one quality rather than the other, by the novel’s end, Jane...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 3:56 am UTC

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What is the point of view of the narrator in Sense and Sensibility?

In Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen uses what's called a third-person omniscient point of view. This is where the narrator sees all and knows all. Such a point of view gives us privileged access...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 6:52 am UTC

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What literary devices does Jane Austen use in Sense and Sensibility?

The title itself could be construed as symbolic. Elinor is the sensible Dashwood sister in the story, whereas Marianne is given to sensibility, or emotions. In the long run, however, once Marianne...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 9:15 am UTC

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How does Jane Austen's use of two settings in Sense and Sensibility affect the story?

In Sense and Sensibility, the women in the Dashwood family—Elinor, Marianne, Margaret, and their mother—are more at home in the countryside of Devonshire than in London. One setting in the book is...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017 6:38 pm UTC

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What literary devices does Jane Austen use in Sense and Sensibility, such as foreshadowing and allusion?

Among others, Jane Austen alludes to William Gilpin, author of essays on the picturesque, when Marianne says: Every body pretends to feel and tries to describe with the taste and elegance of him...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 1:52 pm UTC

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How does the text justify Robert Ferrar's engagement to Lucy when Lucy was considered unsuitable for and inferior to...

The determining factor in Robert Ferrar's ability to marry Lucy Steele without his mother's intervention is not suitability. The determining factor is wealth. Mrs. Ferrars took an action that...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 4:00 pm UTC

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Where is the climax in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?

The climax is the most emotional moment of the plot and also the moment when the resolution comes into view. As the title suggests, since the plot is about two parallel and intertwining stories of...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013 11:20 pm UTC

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What are the roles of social class and money in Sense and Sensibility?

In order to understand Sense and Sensibility (indeed, any of Austen's works), it is critical to understand Georgian society and culture (1714-1830, includes Georgian Regency 1811-1820), especially...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 11:15 am UTC

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What is the role of education in Sense and Sensibility?

Lucy was naturally clever; her remarks were often just and amusing; and as a companion for half an hour Elinor frequently found her agreeable; but her powers had received no aid from education: she...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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What literary device can be found in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?

Jane Austen does not typically use a lot of literary devices in her writing, but instead usually prefers a much more direct approach that allows her story line and characters to be the heart of the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013 8:00 am UTC

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How do Elinor and Marianne Dashwoods' characterizations compare and contrast, especially with respect to their grief...

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are quite different from one another, with respect to their emotions and how they show their feelings. Both characters feel intense loss over their father's death, but...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 2:59 am UTC

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Of which two traits does Marianne learn the value through her experience?

Marianne first learns to show emotional restraint. She comes to realize that she doesn't need to always wear her heart on her sleeve. She learns to restrain herself from jumping to conclusions. At...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 6:11 pm UTC

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What is the major conflict in Sense and Sensibility? I know that there are many different conflicts, but what is...

The title of the book itself could be construed as representing the main conflict. Elinor is the Dashwood sister with "sense" in the story, whereas Marianne is, for the most part, a slave to her...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2018 9:29 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the characterization of John Willoughby and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility.

John Willoughby and Colonel Brandon are the two main competitors for Marianne's hand in marriage. They are both foils of one another, each acting as the polar opposite of the other and therefore...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 2:29 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast John Willoughby and Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. What personal character traits...

Willoughby owns a small estate that doesn't bring him much income while Colonel Brandon's estate makes him a wealthy man. However, it is character issues more than wealth that divide these two...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 11:42 pm UTC

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How does Jane Austen use literary devices, such as allusion, in Sense and Sensibility?

Allusion is definitely one literary element Austen frequently uses in Sense and Sensibility. One allusion can be found in Chapter 5 in which Marianne is saying adieu to Norland. Her long, dramatic...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 3:06 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the characterization of Elinor Dashwood and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. How do...

The usual take on Elinor and Marianne is that Elinor is the reserved, rational one, and Marianne is the emotional, Romantic one. There is plenty of evidence in the book to support this...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 4:54 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Elinor to Marianne in "Sense and Sensibility".

On the surface, both sisters are in dire straits with the death of their father, as their inheritance goes to their older brother, with minimal support due to the interference of Fanny, their...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2008 5:15 am UTC

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When and where does Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility take place, and what are two details that tell us this?  

The novel starts out being set in Sussex County in England but then the Dashwood women must relocate. We learn of the initial setting of the novel in the very first couple of sentences in the...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2013 11:45 pm UTC

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What are narrative structural elements in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, particularly in Chapters 11 and 12?

There are three narrative structural elements that we find in Jane Austen's Chapter 11 and 12 of Sense and Sensibility. The first is one we find all throughout the book and that is Austen's chosen...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

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What is the main conflict of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?  

As the title suggests, Austen's main point in Sense and Sensibility is to philosophize or moralize about two different perspectives or personality types. Hence, since Austen uses two sisters to...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 4:04 am UTC

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Why is Elinor bothered by Marianne's behavior with Willoughby (at Allenham)? After Marianne spends the morning with...

When Elinor says I am afraid...that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety she is basically stating that Marianne is breaking the rules of social propriety that...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2011 12:27 am UTC

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What are two ways Jane Austen characterizes one character in Sense and Sensibility? I need help understanding two...

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...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2013 3:39 pm UTC

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What examples of the theme of sense and sensibility can be found in the plot of Sense and Sensibility?  

There are of course many examples of this governing theme in this novel, most of them situated around the way that Elinor and Marianne react differently to the problems in love they encounter....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 6:41 am UTC

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In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, how do the Dashwood sisters deal with life after their father's death?

Sense and Sensibility begins with a rather staid discussion of how fortunes were disposed of in the time of Austen. The two Dashwood sisters suffer considerable disappointment in their fortunes;...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 4:30 pm UTC

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Describe, in your own words, the situation of Mrs. Ferrars disinheriting Edward because of his engagement. How does...

A very excellent question! What this whole scene really comes down to is the theme of value. Edward valued loyalty above material gain and even above the good opinion of his relations. He even...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018 5:20 pm UTC

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How can a student write an essay about Sense and Sensibility?

The best way to begin the writing process for any essay is to ask questions about the topic. In this case, your topic is Sense and Sensibility, a wonderful book about the contrast and connection...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 10:27 pm UTC

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Analysis of Elinor's character in Sense and Sensibility

In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, there are three Dashwood sisters: Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret. Elinor is the oldest of the three sisters in her family. Whereas Marianne (the middle...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 11:07 pm UTC

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What are some examples of Austen's use of satire?

Satire is a "literary mode based on criticism of people and society through ridicule. The satirist aims to reduce the practices attacked by laughing scornfully at them--and being witty enough to...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2007 2:16 am UTC

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What literary devices does Jane Austen use in Sense and Sensibility  that contribute to the success of the novel?

Three literary devices that contribute to the success of the novel are antithesis, point-of-view, and irony. Antithesis is the putting of opposites together. As the title of the novel indicates,...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 12:27 pm UTC

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Which scenes from Sense and Sensibility demonstrate that Marianne is guided by violent, unrestrained emotions, which...

One scene in Sense and Sensibility that demonstrates Marianne's sensibility (violent, unrestrained emotion) is when she bids farewell to the trees, leaves, flowers, wind, etc., etc. at Norland Park...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 4:32 am UTC

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Why do Elinor and Edward act with such restraint toward each other?

While it is correct to say that both Elinor and Edward are calm and decorous in their expressions of esteem and fondness and that their level of emotional display stands in contrast to the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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How does Jane Austen use metaphor in Sense and Sensibility to contribute to setting or plot?

Jane Austen actually very seldom uses metaphor. Her preferred writing style is much more direct, saying exactly what she wants to say without making allusions or comparisons. I certainly cannot...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012 7:51 am UTC

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What are some social conventions during the period of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?

The quotation:  "I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety." expresses a sense that there were strong social standards during the period in which...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 7:14 am UTC

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How is "secrecy" one of the main themes in Sense and Sensibility. 

Secrecy is a motif in Sense and Sensibility which we find in two instances that stand out the most: first, when Edward Ferrars hides his engagement to Lucy Steele. Second, when Willoughby hides the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012 12:35 am UTC

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What characterization techniques does Jane Austen use to tell us about the characters in Sense and Sensibility?

Austen does not usually use direct characterization, but usually prefers subtle indirect characterization. However, we see some very clear examples of direct characterization, as well as indirect,...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012 3:06 pm UTC

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What are the standards of masculine conduct and values that Austen seems to uphold, as portrayed through her male...

Austen shows that it is faithfulness and upright character that are most important in a man. Willoughby may be dashing, charming, and handsome, but his character is weak. He falls in love with...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 1:56 pm UTC

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What is the significance of chapters 9 and 10 in Sense and Sensibility? How is it typical of Jane Austen's style of...

On chapter 9 you see the typical Jane story line where the character which embodies the essential conflict of the story: Marianne meets Willoughby and the wheels of the plot are set in motion....

Latest answer posted December 17, 2009 1:54 am UTC

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In Sense and Sensibility, how do Marianne and Elinor Dashwood display the characteristics of sense and sensibility?

You are right in identifying that this novel, like Pride and Prejudice, relates the two central protagonists to the states indicates in the title. The "sense" refers to Elinor, who is shown to...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 12:55 am UTC

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In what chapter of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is this quote located? "Believe me, Marianne, had I not been...

The lines you quote actually come from the 1995 film version directed by Ang Lee with script written by Emma Thompson. Though there are a lot of similarities between the film and the actual novel,...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 7:55 am UTC

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