Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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What do we learn about what counts as proper behavior, what counts as improper behavior? In addition, discuss Austen's examination of the notion that there are moral constraints on what can be said,...

What do we learn about what counts as proper behavior, what counts as improper behavior?

In addition, discuss Austen's examination of the notion that there are moral constraints on what can be said, asked and known.

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Because Austen very clearly presents Elinor as the respectable heroine of the novel, she also becomes the model for proper behavior in this time period.  Marianne is the opposite, and often does/says things that would be considered improper.  If you note Elinor's behavior in social settings, it will help you to discover the specifics of what counts as proper behavior.  Some examples are she rarely turns down invitations unless a very good reason exists, she makes it a...

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