Sense and Sensibility

An analysis of the lives of the two sisters in Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

This paper examines this story, which is about the lives, loves, and dreams of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The plot of the story centers on the possibility that both sisters may have to put up with the banality of country life, which is full of gossip and superficiality, rather than being loved by the men of their dreams.
The distinction between sense and sensibility is one of the main themes of this novel, and is best seen in the psychological contrast between the novel’s two main characters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Elinor, the older sister, epitomizes the word sense, as she is reserved, socially responsible and concerned with the well-being of others. Her younger sister, Marianne, epitomizes the word sensibility, as she is ruled by emotion, spontaneity, impulsiveness, and devotion. According to Austen, men came to look at Marianne and talk to Elinor (p. 142).? ”