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Do you consider Elinor and Marianne Dashwood convincing examples of girls of nineteen and seventeen?

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Do you consider Elinor and Marianne Dashwood convincing examples of girls of nineteen and seventeen? The two characters from Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility, Elinor and Marianne are believable girls of their age. Marianne being almost seventeen is very spontaneous, na�ve and full of romantic idealisms. These are characteristics that can be found in most girls that are of the same age as Marianne, but at the same time, it is obvious that she does take them into extremes. Elinor, who is the character in the novel that represents sense, is much more rational and level-headed than the other women in her family. She is composed but affectionate, she is mature and Austen demonstrated this in the way that Elinor always takes the initiative with her sister and mother and the way she looks after and supports her younger sister. She has a very intellectual mind, which makes her feel out of place when she is with the Middletons and is the reason why she admires Colonel Brandon so much, because he is at an intellectually equal with her. Whether it is believable if Elinor is a convincing example of a typical nineteen year old girl is debatable; it is possible for a nineteen year old to be this mature, but at the same time, the reader should be ...read more.

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Also, he never makes any real direct plans with her regarding their future. Through falling so violently in love with a person like Willoughby, this indicates how na�ve she is and therefore is proof that Marianne is a very convincing seventeen year old. On the contrary, Elinor prefers to keep her and Edward's relationship quiet and also the way she feels towards him. This deeply frustrates Marianne and this is also an example of how much Marianne and Elinor contrast. Marianne has a very youthful and energetic character and this is shown when she spends time with her younger sister Margaret. Also, when they leave Norland, she and Mrs. Dashwood are very dramatic as they say their final goodbyes. Marianne wonders the estate saying: Dear, dear Norland...Oh! Happy house...And you, ye well known trees! Elinor, however, experiences a far more subdued depression, even though she is leaving behind not just her home, but also a man she has grown to deeply admire, Edward Ferrars. It is interesting to notice the contrast between these two characters in this situation. Marianne is totally depressed from leaving her home, which is totally justifiable, and she acts so dramatically. On the other hand, Elinor is leaving both her home and a loved one and her actions to this situation is a lot more conservative than Marianne's actions of not nearly going through as much as Elinor. ...read more.

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Marianne is often in her own world and is very sensitive, but Elinor could seem even more sensitive as she doesn't seem to deal with her emotions and holds them all in. She doesn't express things as openly as Marianne does and Marianne has the tendency of flaunting her relationship with Willoughby and this results in her being quite rude and improper in the eyes of society. Through these actions, Jane Austen portrays very well the life and measures of a seventeen year old. On the other hand, the way Elinor acts and views love is completely against Marianne's idealistic view of romance, passion and true love. For the way Elinor, acts in this situation of Edward, is in a way not a very convincing way a nineteen year old would act. In no doubt a convincing nineteen year old would not act as extreme as Marianne, but Elinor in a way acts a little too mature for a nineteen year old, but Austen's perception of this age group is not entirely wrong. But Austen probably made Elinor's character is this way, so that it can emphasize her being the heroine in the novel. Daniela Germano Year 12- English Lit. 04/03/03 ...read more.

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