The first published novel of the author Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility has been applauded for its insight into ethics and social vision. Sense and Sensibility’s meaning behind its title comes from the two main characters of the book, Elinor expresses the “sense” half of the title while Marianne embodies the “sensibility”. But why the redundancy? When Austen penned the novel two centuries ago, sensibility didn’t mean practical or sensible (as in today’s definitions), its meaning translated more amongst the lines of sensitive. Jane Austen (also known as the pseudonym “By A Lady”) was born in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England on December 16, 1775. She never married nor had any children but is known for her writings. Her parents, George and Cassandra Austen were of high society. Her father served as the rector of the Anglican Parishes at Steventon, Hampshire. Austen’s education came from the guidance of her brothers, her father, and her access to a vast library (familial and a family friend). After returning home in 1785 from one year at boarding school, which had to be terminated due to the Austen’s inability to pay for both Jane and her sister Cassandra’s education, she never left the boundary of close familial relations after her return from the short trip in boarding school. As early as 1787 Austen began writing and would continue until her death on July 18, 1817.
Jane Austen started writing Elinor and Marianne (an epistolary novel), later retitled Sense and Sensibility, in 1797 until mid 1798. She then heavily revised and changed the format from epolistary to a third person narrative, it was published in 1811 by Thomas Egerton under the pseudonym “By a Lady”. The 19th century was a bustling time period for politics ...
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...s too proper for that) supports her and takes care of her while she struggles to overcome the heartbreak that she has experienced. Marianne slowly gets better and after a while can collect upon Colonel Brandon (friend of the Middletons who had been in love with her even while she was in love with Willoughby) who is trying to slowly and steadily win her over. Edward Ferrars attempts to marry Lucy Steele who then dumps him for his brother who inherits all the money (Edward’s mother found out and did not approve). Edward doesn’t care that much though, he figures out that he actually loved Ellinor and that he had a boyhood crush on Lucy. Although they are not rich, they are happy together. Mariane ends up marrying Colonel Brandon who she eventually finds a way to love after her major heartbreak, she is not so much of an emotionally run passionate teenager and is happy.
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