Honors British Literature
An Acclamation for Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility supports the Romantic period, and shows the impracticality of the Age of Enlightenment by incorporating works of emotion and ridding of logic. Incorporating a sense of longing for the past, seeing the beauty in everything, and valuing nature are core themes in a romantic work. Throughout the novel Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen values the use of emotion and sensibility and reveals how difficult it can be to truly enjoy life when one uses too much sense. Sense and Sensibility is a romantic work; emotion is valued and the use of logic is scorned. The description of characters in Sense and Sensibility reveals Jane Austen’s admiration for emotion rather than logic. The characters Marianne Dashwood and John Willoughby represent sensibility. Opposed to Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars who primarily represent sense. Marianne Dashwood is described as beautiful throughout the book. Page 327 states: “Marianne, beautiful as an angel…” In chapter eight the narrator is describing Mrs. Jennings’ passion for matchmaking Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood: “Colonel Brandon was very much in love with Marianne Dashwood. It would be an excellent match, for he was rich and she was handsome. Mrs. Jennings had been anxious to see Colonel Brandon well married, and she was always anxious to get a good husband for every pretty girl.” In chapter ten John Willoughby is described as the ideal romantic guy: “Willoughby is uncommonly handsome, with a charming voice and gallant manners.” Sir John describes him in chapter ten as: “As good a kind of fellow as ever lived…there is not a bolder rider in all of England.” John Willoughby is introduced as a hero who literally swept Marianne off of her feet in the rain-a very romantic gesture. Take notice how the characters that represent sensibility are described with such beauty and superior characteristics. Contrarily, Elinor...