Sense and Sensibility: Compare and Contrast Elinor and Marianne Dashwood

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In the film Sense and Sensibility directed by Ang Lee the characters of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood represent the sense and the sensibility respectively. It is portrayed through the film that Elinor and her younger sister are very contrasting characters who also share a very close bond. This is with regard to how they act, what they believe value, and the lessons they learn during the film.

It is shown through the film that Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are contrasting characters. It is not only by their actions and words that I saw they were different. Although they both have curly hair, Elinor's is in tight neat curls, a straight blonde colour. This reflects her not being loose and letting her emotions go. Marianne's hair is flowing and free, in curls that hang by her face. Likewise this symbolises her openness and constant display of feeling. They are introduced into the film doing something that reflects their personality; Elinor is organising the household and Marianne playing the piano and singing without restraint. Elinor is usually seen wearing an apron, so it is portrayed that she is practical and in control. I also understood that Marianne saying "I have always preferred wild flowers" was another clever example of how she is the more passionate sister.

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sisters who although share a very close bond have personalities that are completely different. Elinor is a very practical character, who always takes on all the motherly and useful roles at the beginning of the film. It is obvious that she is the calm sister and the one in control when the Dashwoods have just found out that they are to lose their home. She is the one who informs the servants of what is happening, persuades Margaret, the youngest sister to come down from the tree house, and tells Marianne to play something happier for their mother's sake when they were in the situation of losing their home. "Can you play something else? Mama has been weeping since...
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