12 Jan 2009

Essays on Sense and Sensibility

Though publishing on consignment (referred to commonly as vanity publishing, due to the author paying the costs of printing) has a negative reputation today, many examples of historically significant works might never have seen the light of day, had it not been for the author accepting the risks involved.  In the early 19th century, Jane Austen took such a risk, paying for a first printing of Sense and Sensibility.  The first printing was a mere 750 sets (each consisting of three volumes), but cost Austen over 150 Pounds.  Fortunately, the book was received well enough in the marketplace to earn this sum back and make her a tidy profit of 140 Pounds.


Set in the aristocratic society of Great Britain, Sense and Sensibility has often been considered the British version of “Little Women,”  though in honesty, its publication preceded “Little Women” by about a half century.  The novel follows the romantic exploits and missteps of not one, but two families with daughters, the Dashwoods (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) and the Steeles (Anne and Lucy).  Through a series of interrelated paramour relationships, Austen shows the growth of the five girls, some toward selfish, personal interest and others toward selfless commitment to others.


  • Contrasted with the characters of “Little Women,” the characters in “Sense and Sensibility” show little interest in personal occupations, other than as future wives.  Taking into consideration the social differences of the two writers, explain why this difference exists.
  • While both novels start with families in poverty, Austen and Alcott take dramatically different directions in the development of their plots and characters.  What correlations exist between the two novels?  What differences are there?  What influences might “Sense and Sensibility” have played in the writing of “Little Women?”


Though the two novels are comparative, each was born in the midst of very different societies, one of early 19th century Great Britain, the other of mid-19th century America.  The effects of this difference can be the subject of great debate as one must also take into account the differences in the experiences of the authors themselves.


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Essays on Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen is without a doubt one of the more remarkable writers of the 19th century.  Ironically, her first book published, “Sense and Sensibility,” was not her first book written.  Her first book written, under the working title of “First Impressions,” was published officially two years after the release of “Sense and Sensibility” under the title “Pride and Prejudice.”  Austen’s early works were published anonymously with her reasons for doing so the subject of great academic debate.


“Pride and Prejudice” follows a family of girls in their quest for social acceptance and matrimony.  As with “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice” takes place primarily in Great Britain’s proud aristocratic society, filled with a wide variety of characters, ranging from the demure Jane Bennett to the flamboyant soldier of fortune George Wickham and finally to the snobbish aristocratic matriarch Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Austen brought to life the dynamic attitudes and social interactions that truly occurred in Great Britain during this time period.


  • The novel’s title, “Pride and Prejudice,” indicates a recurring theme within the novels pages.  What examples of each can be identified of each and how were they used to develop the story?
  • In the novel, three basic themes are used:  love, reputation and class.  Discuss, with examples, how each of these themes are used and how they affect the novel.


Pride and Prejudice reveals the fundamental concepts and ideas of how “genteel” society viewed love, courting, and marriage, which were all highly dependent upon one’s social status.  In many areas of our world, such considerations still play heavily upon such relationships, creating environments of discrimination and having what many consider the undesirable focusing of wealth into tight-knit families and communities.  The fictional treatment of such issues by Austen and others show an underlying rebellion against social class, reflecting the right of every individual, regardless of social status, to love and happiness.


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