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An analytical essay on the social context of "A sense & sensibility" by Jane Austin.

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Introduction

An analytical essay on the social context of "A sense & sensibility" by Jane Austin Sense & sensibility, written by Jane Austin was written in 1811, when society was quite different. Chivalry and Honour were much more important then today, because these equalled respectability. To get anywhere in the eighteen hundred's aristocratic society, you needed to be respected. The 19th century was also heavily based around decorum, to have a seemingly modest behaviour. In this coursework, I will be looking into how the characters comply with the standards of the age. I will also be looking at the relevance of the title to the text, and how the English language is used to purvey what the author is trying to tell us. The Novel starts off with a narrative on the family of dashwood, telling the reader of their estate and where it is situated. The owner of the estate, Mr John Dashwood, When married to his late wife, had one son, Mr John Dashwood. When His first wife died he married a second wife, who had 3 daughters from a previous marriage. ...read more.

Middle

This is another statement of how times have changed, as this "small" cottage may be small to the aristocracy, but to a common middle class family, it is really quite large. This stark definition in classes has now faded away through time, and although there is still a vague definition in classes today, it isn't half as clear as it used to be. Now, when they had settled down into their new lodgings, they were able to continue normal life. Marianne was the first to fall in love, when she bumped into Sir Willoughby. Their relationship was quite poetic, which was, in a sense, Marianne through and through. She had a great sensibility, and did not care much for the decorum of the time. She would quite happily show her love and affection for a man, without the vows of marriage. Although this sort of behaviour is accepted today, in the 19th century, this was frowned upon, and it brought shame upon the whole family. Elinor, although she had strong sensibility like her sister, she also had sense to hide her love to Edward. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although is friendly, does not have the sensibility, or romanticism. "He admires as a lover, not a connoisseur", this shows that he would be a good man to love, but not to converse in the arts with. Willoughby is the perfect gentleman; he is gallant and has great sensibility. He instantly has a liking for Marianne, as his every taste appears to coincide with hers. He has Perfect etiquette for the era of which he is in. "Brandon is the kind of man ... whom everybody speaks well of and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to." This quote describes Brandon as someone who is not a bad man, if anything he is a good one, but he just doesn't make much of an impression. In conclusion, this novel shows how the social society has changed over the many years since it was written. Aristocracy has become a thing of the past, and boundaries derived through social status and class are nearly non-existent. The novel tries to make a point that social status should not hold boundaries in the name of love, and that people should be allowed to interact with each other regardless of their class. Sam Higton 09/05/07 ...read more.

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