British Literature Examination 8
Gilbert Lainez Student Number 1053244
Compare and contrast the sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in Sense and Sensibility to the sisters, Josephine and Constantia, in "The Daughters of the Late Colonel." Be sure to consider the personalities and priorities of each sister, how the sisters interact with each other, and what their status is after the death of their fathers.
Difference among sisters
In Jane Austen's s novel, Sense and Sensibility, we have two main characters which are Elinor and Marianne, who are very different in personalities but have common things between them. In The daughters of the late Colonel, which Katherine Mansfield wrote, we also have two sisters, Josephine and Constantia. They also have some resemblance as sisters, however if we compare these two pair of sisters that come from different families we can find great differences, even though the four of them are women.
The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, complement each other. Each sisters is different from the other, they differ much in personality. Genius001, author of a review on sense and sensibility, says that Elinor is "sensible, competent and thoughtful", and that Marianne is "impetuous, immature"; each sister has her virtues and vices. As sisters they are both perfect, the oldest is more mature than the youngest. Josephine and Constantia are very much alike, they almost agree in everything, but act in a very girlish way. Between these sisters and the Dashwoods there is not much that makes them similar.
Josephine and Constantia are not young at all, they are middle aged women. When their father dies they are totally lost. They really don't know what to do, contrary to the Dashwood sisters who loose their father and decided to move somewhere else and move along in life.