In Sense and Sensibility, the
reader follows the lives and thoughts of two young sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.
Elinor represents sense. Marianne signifies sensibility. |
The novel takes
place in the 1800s when women had to rely on their male relations for support. After
their father dies, Elinor and Marianne's brother gives their mother a meager amount of
money to live on, and soon their sister-in-law takes over their home. So the women move
to the country to live in a small cottage, which is provided to them by their cousin. The
moves separates Elinor from her beau, but she believes that all will work out in the end.
Marianne soon meets John Willoughby, the perfect match for her sensitive
While the ladies are staying with a family friend in London, their
plans for the future begin to fall apart. They find out the men in their lives are not
who they appear to be.
In the true style of great Victorian romance, there
is a happy ending. The sisters learn that they need to have both sense and sensibility in
their lives in order to be truly happy.
In the beginning, the novel was a
little slow and I got bored with what seemed like endless, unimportant conversations. But
as I continued reading, I grew attached to the characters. All the twists in the plot
kept it interesting and the ending was a romantic surprise.