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Sense and Sensibility

In the novel Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, the more sensitive character, Marianne, is shown more compassion and generally favored more by the author throughout the novel. Although atfirst she doesn't marry for love, her marriage is ideal of the era and she comes to love her husband with great fervor.
Sensibility was greatly esteemed in Old England, and Marianne Dashwood embodies this characteristic to the fullest extent. Austen favors this characteristic by showing Marianne great compassion, giving her the ideal marriage, and making her the more beautiful of the two sisters. Although Marianne loses herfirst love, she Is quick to recover and soon marries a more stately man with a great amount of wealth. "Marianne could never love by halves, and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband as it had one been to Willoughby." Marianne is also the more artistic or the two sisters, and was thought to be " a most charming young lady" and is generally looked upon with more envy than Elinor throughout the novel.
Although Marianne's sister, Elinor marries her choice of men and is gratified more instantly, Elinor shoulders the brunt of the families distress by representing sense and keeping to herself. Elinor is thought to be selfish and heartless by some. Elinor's marriage to Edward is one of good faith, but their income is far below the typical dual income of that period. Elinor generally receives less compassion than Marianne, and for the reason is looked upon with more disdain by Austen.
However, while the author show obvious of favoritism towards sensibility, she also exhibits a partiality towards sense as Marianne reconciles her ways at the end of the novel. "She (Marianne) was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract by her conduct her most favorite maxims." Austen merges Sense and Sensibility at the end of the novel, but still…


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