Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sense and Sensibility
“Sense and Sensibility”, a classic novel written by Jane Austen, is the story of two sisters who exhibit completely different emotional responses when they are both faced with romantic disappointments. Elinor, the elder sister, is directed by sense to minimize her grief in the company of others; Marianne, the younger one, encourages and deepens her personal suffering even if it causes harm to herself and pain to her family members. As with Austen’s other novels, at first glance “Sense and Sensibility” appears to be a mere love story, but it develops into something more: a critique of early nineteenth century British society and its morals. Detailed descriptions of domestic and social behavior and a text that includes frequent infusions of sarcasm and humor provide the reader with an enjoyable reading experience.