Distinguishing the differences between sense and sensibility. Refers to Jane Austen's novel

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The topic of this paper is to distinguish the differences between sense and

sensibility. Represented in Jane Austin's novel by two sisters, Elinor and Marianne,

the disposition of the two girls can be seen quite vividly. The two girls are

accompanied by a mother, and many other well developed characters. One

character questionable to the theme of the story is the youngest sister Margaret. Her

personality if described would be more like that of her sister Marianne.

The novel begins with a dying father telling his son that he must leave his

estate to him and his wife. This means that the three girls and their mother will be

left without a place to stay and the girls without dowry's. As lethal a blow as this

may seem, it is coupled by the fact the their brothers new wife is less than

sympathetic to the three girls needs. This is when we are first introduced to Elinor

and her younger sister Marianne.

As usual, Marianne is being her impulsive self

and Elinor is trying to take care of her families well-being.

A brief synopsis of Elinor and Marianne's personalities leads to the

following: Elinor is quiet, soft spoken, full of good manners, and well brought up.

Marianne is impulsive, outspoken, full of a vibrant love of life and playful. To fully

understand the girls, it is important to see how other character viewed them.


Edward Ferrars, the object of Elinor's affection (though she would never

show it) is quoted as saying Miss Dashwoods friendship the most important of his

life. This is a considerable compliment (even if it isn't what Elinor wants to hear at

the time) coming from a man as highly esteemed as Mr. Ferrars . Elinor is viewed

by her mother and her two...