The Concept Of Feminism In Jane Austen's Sense And Sensibility

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Austen uses experiences that are common and easy to understand to us. We, as the reader, can understand what it is like trying to find a spouse. When reading this story one must look between the lines and see the underlying tones. One thing that one could find in Emma is the idea of feminism. “What did she say?-- Just what see ought, of course. A lady always does.” (431 Austen) The fact that Austen even added these elements shows that she is brave, because there were no feminist in this time period. (Maupin)
In her next novel Sense and Sensibility we see a interesting phrase. Sense and Sensibility was the first novel that she published. She identified herself as “A-Lady”. In the next novel Pride and Prejudice she signed it “By the Author of Sense and Sensibility”. By saying this Austen is implying that all women speak in one voice. This “A-Lady” stand for all of us. The phrase shows us the kindness Austen had in her heart. Instead of glorifying herself she glorifies women as a whole. (Kobra)
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The story is about the two Dashwood sisters. Once again, we see the main character dabbling in the idea of love. Marianne is the one who is falling in love with the fluratious soldier. With the soldier Austen adds a historical element. She adds the reality of the guillotine without making it too over barrying. Marianne is the “sensibility” in the story. (Dames) She has an enthusiasm about her and about falling in love. It turns out the boy she is falling for, John Willoughby, was only hungry for fortune. When these unfortunate events unfold Marianne is taught a little bit of “sense”. Marianne’s older sister Elinor, can be seen as the guiding light or “sense” in the story. Since Elinor had a sense about her she was rewarded with a happy marriage with her lover Edward Ferrars.
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