Sense and sensibility is a novel written by Jane Austen that was first published in 1811. when talking about Jane Austen, I can say confidently that I have a good knowledge to her. She was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. In her short and glorious life, she wrote about dozens of famous novels, such as sense and sensibility, pride and prejudice, Mansfield park, Emma and so on. When I was a high school student, I had once read the Chinese version of pride and prejudice, through this novel, I have a preliminary understanding of Jane Austens vision of love, and realize the life of British girl in that period, but not deep, while, I am really engaged in the style of Jane Austens novel, and yearn for a deep understanding of her novel, the era she lived, so when the teacher asked us to read a English novel, I chose sense and sensibility written by Jane Austen.
The story in this book concerns two sister, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood . Along with their mother and young sister, they were evict from their residence Norland Park after the death of their father, they moved to a country cottage offered by a generous relative with on other choice.
Before they moved out of their former residence, Elinor fell in love with the gentleman Edward Ferrars who was her sister-in-laws brother, unfortunately, she was unware of the engagement between Edward and Lucy, after hearing that bad news, instead of anger,despair , she showed her calm and sense, to Edward, she expressed her understanding and belief. Actually, Elinor was a virtuous girl, sense is a kind of inner character of her, she was generous, gentle, calm and polite to all the people around her, including the people who hurted her, such as Lucy. Concerning love, Elinor also zealous in the affair between Edward and her, because of her belief, tolerance and sense, she finally won a happy end, and got married with her lover Edward.
Marianne also was a virtuous, with passion and fansaty, she always dreamed one day that she can marry a handsome gentle and rich man. After their move, Marianne met Willoughby, a dashing young man who leaded her into undisciplined behaviour, so that she ignored the faithful gentleman Colonel Brandon. Unfortunately, Willoughby was a greedy and unchaste man who finally discarded Marianne then married a rich lady. Marianne was inconsolable, and nearly died, during this time, Colonel Brandon accompanied with her, and faced and conquered every difficulty together. She was eventually moved by Colonel Brandon, and finally realized the he was the person that she can entrust lifelong.
Compared with Elinor, Mariannes suffering, not only brings agony to herself, but also the people who around and care about her. The reason underlies this consequence is the sensibility exits in Mariannes inner character. Therefore , we can see transparently that sense is a very important principle in our daily life.
In the real life, abundant emotion should be involved, while it is not equal to acting impetuously, when necessary, our thoughts and emotions should be rational constrained by sense. In the novelist ---Jane Austens mind, dealing with a matter cautiously and heart impulse should be well balanced. She respects the view that money can buy elegant life, on the contrary, she pays more attention to interpersonal relationships. In one word, sense is more important than sensibility for Jane herself.
As for us, just as mentioned before, sense should be regarded as a kind of life principle, a habits for consideration.
The road of life is tough, well come across a mass of difficulties when we communicate with our colleagues, friends, also when we dealing with jobs. Facing those puzzles, without the sense, lose temper becomes potluck. This actually do not focus on solving the problems, whats more, it makes them more complex.
In consequence, refer to the friendship, teammates relationship, and the other complicated polytropic relations, we can think about more rational way to conduct them, it is definitely favorable for us to conquer the problems.
Sense and Sensibility was the first Jane Austen published. Though she initially called it Elinor and Marianne, Austen jettisoned both the title and the epistolary mode in which it was originally written, but kept the essential theme: the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. The story revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Whereas the former is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Commenting on Edward Ferrars, a potential suitor for Elinors hand, Marianne admits that while she loves him tenderly, she finds him disappointing as a possible lover for her sister.
Soon however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr. Willoughby, a new neighbor. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behavior begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinors growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. How each of the sisters reacts to their romantic misfortunes, and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Mariannes disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure.
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