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Famously characterized as the story of two Dashwood sisters who embody the conflict between the oppressive nature of civilized society and the human desire for romantic passion, there is far more to this story of two daughters made homeless by the death of their father. Elinor, 19, and Marianne, 17, initially project the opposing roles with Elinor cautious and unassuming about romantic matters, while Marianne is wild and passionate when she falls hopelessly in love with the libertine Mr. Willoughby. But the lessons in love and life see the two characters develop and change with sense and sensibility needing to be compromised as a matter of survival. Written when Austen was just 19, this story has been read as a biographical reflection of her relationship with her own sister Cassandra, with the younger Jane being the victim of sensibility. However, the novel is far more than a simple case of passion versus manners, and depicts the romantic complications of two women made highly vulnerable by the loss of their father and estate.

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Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

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With splendid packaging created by acclaimed designer Coralie Bickford-Smith (Great Books for Boys series), Penguin Classics presents beautiful hardcover editions of the world's favorite books. Featuring gorgeous patterns stamped on linen cases, colored endpapers, and ribbon markers, these are rich and sumptuous volumes that continue what will be one of the most coveted sets of books ever produced.

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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

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Esperanza Ramon, March 30, 2012 (view all comments by Esperanza Ramon)
Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a novel about two sisters finding their place in a male-dominated world. The book centralizes around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. After their stepfather’s death, the two must begin a new life in a new town. All they want is to marry for love. However, to achieve this, the sisters must find a way around the confines of male-society. Jane Austen seamlessly combines literary devices and great character development to perfectly create this central theme in her novel: In a male-dominated world, two sisters must stick together and find loopholes in society to get what they want.
The Miss Dashwoods lead an interesting journey in which they must be submissive to rise above their male counterparts. The novel begins with the death of the girls’ father, Henry Dashwood. Their step-brother takes the house, and his selfish wife convinces him not to help his sisters. Elinor and Marianne, along with their mother, Mrs. Dashwood, and youngest sister, Margaret, move to Barton Cottage. While at there, Marianne falls in love with Willoughby, a handsome young man. However, another man, Colonel Brandon, loves her from afar. Elinor’s love, Edward Ferrars, still resides in her hometown of Norland. Things go awry for the two sisters when their loves become more distant and do not visit for a long time. The girls must help each other figure out if love is worth their struggles. Austen puts all of this together chronologically in 50 chapters, and splits it into three volumes. Within these volumes, Austen uses point of view to shed more light on her characters.
Sense and Sensibility is written in third-person omniscient; this allows readers access to the minds of every character. Although Austen writes her novel in the past tense, her point of view allows readers to connect with characters in the present. Readers create strong connections because they can clearly observe each character’s thoughts. The narrator’s job is to tell the story of the Dashwoods, and how they rise above the limitations of their society. Austen also uses this point of view to shed light on her characters.
Three principle characters in the work are Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, and Colonel Brandon. Elinor is 19 and the oldest sister. She is protective, collected, and kind, which the narrator notes here, “She had an excellent heart; - her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong; but she knew how to govern them” (8). Elinor’s younger sister, Marianne, is 17. Marianne is passionate, romantic, and naïve. An example of her extreme emotions comes when she has her heart broken for the first time, “Misery such as mine has no pride. I care not who knows I am wretched. The triumph of seeing me so may be open to all the world…I must feel �" I must be wretched” (179). Her crazy emotions act as a foil to her sister by providing opposition to Elinor’s reserved, emotional conduct. Then there is Colonel Brandon; he is 35 and “very much in love with Marianne Dashwood” (38). He is calm, collected, and reserved. His soft and consistent kindness, hidden under his reserved manner, act as a foil to Marianne, who feels every emotion to its full extent. These key characters are accented by the setting Austen employs throughout the novel.
The novel occurs in the early 1800s in England. The main locations are Norland, Barton Cottage, and London. Norland represents the past because it is where the Dashwoods grew up. Barton Cottage symbolizes hope and the present. Because it is their new home, it also symbolizes a fresh start. Throughout the novel it ultimately becomes not just a house, but a home. London represents the future and what could have been. It is a distant place, and when the girls visit there, they only find distress. The things they think they want become impossible there. Aside from location, Austen also uses weather a few times to add to the emotions in her novel. For example, when Marianne falls and hurts her ankle in the hills, it is raining outside. The locations and weather in the novel still have more symbolism.
Austen mainly uses setting and the weather to create symbolism. For example, Barton cottage mirrors the girls’ journey throughout the novel. It is a bit rough in the beginning, but at the end it is beautiful and well put together. In contrast, London symbolizes mystery, uncertainty, and hard-times. However, no matter where they are, poor weather always symbolizes that something bad will happen; Marianne hurts her ankle in the hills when “Suddenly, the clouds united over their heads, and driving rain set full in their face” (43). This symbolism all takes place within central themes in Austen’s novel.
The main theme Austen addresses is in post-modern times, women had to learn to navigate male-governed societies to get what they wanted in life. The irony is that by being submissive women could rise above their male counterparts. This theme was close to Austen’s heart because she was a female writer in a time where male writers ruled literature. She continues with the secondary theme that sisters should always be loyal to each other, no matter what. They can navigate the world on their own, but Elinor having Marianne and vice versa helps the women greatly in the novel. They are always there when the other needs them most. These central themes create a final opinion about the novel.
Sense and Sensibility, is truly a work of art. Her beautiful imagery and symbolic settings prove this point. This element provides insight to the overall meaning of the book; the emotions of the characters almost always match the setting. The book achieved its goals by well describing the strife of women in post-modern times. They had to be submissive to men in order to rise about them and get what they truly wanted. This book will definitely stay with me. It is not a fast read however there is a true beauty to a novel that takes its time. I feel like I truly connected with Elinor and Marianne. Their spirits lifted from the pages and found a place in my heart forever. The imagery, emotions, and strong women will definitely keep me coming back for more!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141040370
Author:
Austen, Jane
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction:
Tanner, Tony
Illustrator:
Bickford-Smith, Coralie
Editor:
Tanner, Tony
Author:
Ballaster, Ros
Author:
Tanner, Tony
Author:
Lamont, Claire
Author:
Bickford-Smith, Coralie
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.80x5.42x1.48 in. 1.26 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

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