The Novel Sense and sensibility written by
Jane Austen revolves around two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.
They went in search of their true loves and had to face countless challenges in
their paths. Like Pride and Prejudice the title has a great significance. “Sense”
was personified by Elinor, the older of the two sisters, because of her
reasonable demeanour, a sense of responsibility and realism when it comes to
the betterment of not only the people around her but in society as well. Marianne,
the complete opposite of her sister represented “Sensibility”. Her spontaneous
and impulsive ideas and her rapturous loyalty the people she loved. She had a
flair for the dramatic and was never afraid of her emotions. While the
perfection and coolness of Elinor’s character might be off-putting to many
reader. But because as reader’s we are privy to the emotions she hides to the
world, I came to understand that the façade of coolness and composure came with
the “Sense” Elinor had come to regard as more important. The way the girls
pursue their true loves also added to the contrast of the two words. Elinor hid
her love for Edward Ferrars while Marianne was openly passionate about how she
felt for John Willoughby.