In Sense and Sensibility the family has been forced to move from the plush lap of luxury into a more modest setting. Mr. Dashwood has just passed away. Since this was a patrilineal society, the eldest son, John Dashwood, inherits all of Mr. Dashwood’s estate. John planned
to live at Norland with his wife, Fanny Dashwood. Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters needed to relocate. This is a significant adjustment for everyone involved. In addition to the move to Barton Cottage, the family is also experiencing a decline in their income and thus must live a more middle class existence.
Marianne was Mrs. Dashwood’s middle daughter. “She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent.” (Austen, pg5). Marianne was only seventeen and behaved as such. She was unable to hold back her feelings even in a social setting with friends. Mrs. Dashwood’s disposition was similar to Marianne’s. They were similar in the expression of emotions. After Henry Dashwood died Marianne and Mrs. Dashwood, “encouraged each other now in the violence of their affliction.” (Austen, pg 5). The phrase misery loves company comes to mind to explain how they would commiserate with each other.
Marianne was full of emotions and thoughts that she would not conceal. Her personality was the extreme opposite of Elinor’s The moral development in Marianne has its roots in Willoughby,... [continues]
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