Jane Austen's Characters, Elinor and Marianne

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Jane Austen's Characters, Elinor and Marianne

Having a strong heart like Elinor and a latent sense similar to Marianne, Jane

Austen displayed her characteristics through her characters. Elinor and

Marianne were two main characters that Jane Austen used to display her true

character. Elinor is very devoted to her family and tries to do everything she

can to support them. Every now and then, when the family is in need of

advice, they would all look to Elinor. Marianne was the younger daughter in

the family of three sisters and she is always caught up in romantic poetry. At

one time in the novel, Marianne went through a catastrophe because the love

of her life had left her. Marianne tries to hide her fear to avoid all her distress.

(Austen 288) Both of the character’s lifestyle reflected that of Jane Austens’.

In the writing of the novel Sense and Sensibility, Austen wrote the novel

according to her own passionate feelings. People began to notice her writings

towards the end of her life. Jane Austen’s lifestyle and characteristics were

revealed through her characters Marianne and Elinor in her novel Sense and

Sensibility. Jane Austen began writing novels when she was in her early

twenties, she was a very intellectual women. She enjoyed reading many

books in her life that gave her an advantage in writing great novels. When

Austen wrote the novel Sense and Sensibility, much of her characteristics


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...ions to ask what the scenery is

like. She lets the reader imagine just as if they were in the story and show

how beautiful the scenes are. (Watt 42) Furthermore, Austens uses her own

writing techniques to achieve her goals to let her readers dream about her

novels. “Exactly how this miracle is achieved is, of course, Miss Austen’s

secret. It is a secret of language and of artistry, which can be profitably

explored by the reader, and of a particular kind imagination.” Readers

wonder how Austen gets her thoughts, and the answer is, she used her past

and present experiences. Moreover, Austen portrayed her traits into her

characters to show her inner feelings of how she truly is in her heart.
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