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Sense and Sensibility

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Jessica Barker

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Jessica B. and Taylor S. Major Characters Plot Summary Major Themes Context of Original Publication Following the death of Mr. Dashwood, the whole of his estate at Norland legally must go to his son John, from his first marriage. On his deathbed he gets John to promise he will take care of his half-sisters and stepmother, but John's greedy wife Fanny convinces him to break his promise. The Dashwood women are left homeless with very little income, soon getting invited by Sir John Middleton and Mrs. Jennings to live on their estate at Barton Park. Overcoming Loss
Discovering Love
Gaining Social Responsibility The first version of the novel was probably written in 1795 as an epistolary novel (novel in letters) entitled "Elinor and Marianne."

This was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be published (1811)

The first edition was not published under Austen's name, but was only said to be written "by a lady" Relevant Criticism Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
(Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters) Additional Adaptations for YA Readers Things We Should Know About the YA Novel We Are About to Read Elinor Dashwood
The eldest daughter of the Dashwoods and the heroine of the novel. She begins the novel at age nineteen. She is reserved and sensible, both as she falls in love with Edward Ferrars and in advising her sister Marianne. Marianne Dashwood
The second daughter of the Dashwoods who begins the novel at age sixteen. She is very romantic and spontaneous, which causes her to quickly fall in love with John Willoughby. She is later rejected by him for someone wealthier. She ultimately marries her long-standing admirer, Colonel Brandon. Margaret Dashwood
The youngest daughter of the Dashwoods, who begins the novel at age thirteen. Margaret shares Marianne's romantic tendencies, but does not take part in the romance of the novel. Mrs. Dashwood
The second wife of Henry Dashwood and the mother of Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret. She is left in a difficult financial position by the death of her husband. Also shares Marianne's romantic sensibilites. Major Characters Cont. Henry Dashwood
The father of the Dashwood sisters who dies at the beginning of the novel. He asks his son by his first wife to ensure the financial security of the sisters and his second wife. Mrs Jennings
She and her son-in-law, Sir John Middleton, invite the Dashwoods to stay on their estate in a cottage after the loss of their father and home. She is a widow who has married off all her children and, along with her son-in-law, takes active interest in the romantic affairs of the young people around them by encouraging suitable matches. Lucy Steele
Mrs. Jennings' cousin who has been secretly engaged to Edward Ferrars. She is sly and selfish, ultimately marrying his brother, Robert, once Edward is disinherited. John Willoughby
A charming but deceitful young man who Marianne falls in love with; shares her artistic and cultural sensibilities. He abandons her for the wealthy Miss Sophia Grey after he is disnherited by his aunt in order to keep his comfortable lifestyle. Colonel Brandon
A retired officer and friend of Sir John Middleton who falls in love with Marianne after meeting her and is her long-time admirer. Offers Edward Ferrars a living after he is disowned by his mother. Major Characters Cont. Edward Ferrars
The eldest of Fanny's two brothers who falls in love with Elinor. He has been secretly been engaged to Lucy Steele and is disowned by his mother on discovery of the engagement. His mother and sister want him to distinguish himself and earn prestige, but Edward is a simple man, who longs only for domestic comfort. Colonel Brandon graciously offers the parsonage at his estate in Delaford and Edward ultimately marries Elinor. Fanny Dashwood
The selfish, snobbish, and manipulative wife of John Dashwood and the sister of Edward and Robert Ferrars. She convinces John to give Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters very little to live on. Before leaving their home, Elinor forms an attachment to Edward Ferrars. Once at Barton Park, the Dashwoods meet Colonel Brandon and John Willoughby, who rescues Marianne after she twists her ankle running down the hills of Barton in the rain. Willoughby courts Marianne, and together the two obnoxiously flaunt their love; Willoughby suddenly announces that he must depart for London on business, leaving Marianne miserable. Meanwhile, Anna and Lucy Steele arrive at Barton Park as guests of the Middletons. Lucy befriends Elinor and informs her that she has been secretly engaged to Mr. Ferrars for a whole year. Elinor assumes that Lucy is referring to Edward's younger brother, Robert, but is shocked to learn that it is Edward. Love Blooms Heartbreak in London This book is part of a series entitled "Jane Austen in the 21st Century", which also includes adaptations of five other Austen novels. Elinor and Marianne are invited by Mrs. Jennings to travel to London. Colonel Brandon tells Elinor that everyone in London believes there is an engagement between Willoughby and Marianne, although Marianne has not confessed so. Marianne is excited see Willoughby in London, but when she sees him at a party in town, he cruelly rejects her and later sends her a letter denying that he ever had feelings for her. Colonel Brandon tells Elinor of Willoughby’s history of self-indulgent behavior. Mrs. Jennings confirms that Willoughby has become engaged to the wealthy Miss Grey after becoming disinhereited.

Meanwhile, Lucy and her older sister are invited to visit Fanny and her sister reveals Lucy’s secret engagement to Edward Ferrars. Edward’s mother is furious and disinherits him after he refuses to break the engagement, giving his fortune to his younger brother instead. Colonel Brandon offers Edward a Parsonage on his estate.

On the way home from London, the Dashwood sisters visit family friends and Marianne becomes deathly ill after taking a long walk in the rain. During her illness, Willoughby visits and attempts to explain himself to Elinor. Once Marianne recovers, Elinor tells her of his visit and Marianne decides she ultamiately couldn't be happy with him. "The author does a decent job of modernizing the tale, but the writing lacks Austen's subtlety and reads more like a movie script." True Love is Found When the Dashwood sisters return to Barton Cottage, they learn from their manservant that Lucy Steele and Mr. Ferrars are engaged. They assume that he means Edward Ferrars, leaving Elinor unsurprised but discouraged. Edward himself soon visits and the Dashwoods learn that it was Robert, not himself, whom the greedy Lucy ultimately decided to marry. Edward is finally free to propose to Elinor. Soon, Marianne and Colonel Brandon become engaged as well. The couples live together at Colonel Brandon’s estate in Delaford, staying in touch with their mother and sister at Barton Cottage. Rosie Rushton http://www.rosierushton.com/ Aside from her "Jane Austen in the 21st century" series, she has also made an adaption of the Bible and the story of Jesus for "the 21st century" with four teenagers who "hovered on the fringes of the crowds that followed him" and "all have big issues - and I mean big". British writer born in 1946.

She has written 43 teen and young adult novels since her first published novel in 1993. "That's where readers like you come in - so please, do email me with all your thoughts and ideas. Right now I have three characters - Freya, Seth and Tasha; they all have secrets and what's more, they've all be deceived in the past and find it hard to trust. But what shall I do with them? I wonder" (From Author's Website). "The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love" Dobbs, Cheri. "The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets Of Love." School Library Journal 51.4 (2005): 140. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Feb. 2013. "Unlike Jane Austen's classic exploration of passion versus reserve, this homage to Sense and Sensibility itself falls victim to exaggeration and melodrama." "The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets Of Love." Kirkus Reviews 73.7 (2005): 423. OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson). Web. 5 Feb. 2013. Sense and Sensibility (Eleanor and Marianne)
Reason vs. Passion
Classicism vs. Romanticism Central Conflicts Scents and Sensibility (2011)
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