Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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What are the different value systems in this novel?  Who holds which ones?  To what extent do they overlap, so that one could hold more than one?  To what extent are they mutually exclusive?

What are the different value systems in this novel?  Who holds which ones? 

To what extent do they overlap, so that one could hold more than one?  To what extent are they mutually exclusive?

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The value systems in this novel involve the ideas of sense or practicality, romantic sensibility, and social status.  Practicality is exemplified by the heroine of the novel, Elinor.  She cares for her family, avoids emotional drama - unlike her mother and Marianne, and makes decisions based on a moral standard, intellect and social propriety.  Marianne, and Willoughby for a time, characterizes romantic sensibility.  She has a large list of rules for the way life and...

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