Sense and Sensibility or pain and prejudice? - Telegraph
The classic novel versus its film adaptation--a focused analysis of and Willoughby, whose relationship of sensibility fails miserably. The BBC's adaption of Sense and Sensibility has been criticised by the Jane Austen Society for being too raunchy. Fans of the 19th Century. The BBC's new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is delighting audiences. out of a home they love, become dependent on the charity of a distant relation, and Elinor's love And even the ''happy" ending is unsatisfactory.
Willoughby, in great personal debt, chose to marry Miss Grey for money rather than love. Eliza is the illegitimate daughter of Brandon's first love, also called Eliza, a young woman who was his father's ward and an heiress. She was forced into an unhappy marriage to Brandon's elder brother, in order to shore up the family's debts, and that marriage ended in scandal and divorce while Brandon was abroad with the Army.
After Colonel Brandon's father and brother died, he inherited the family estate and returned to find Eliza dying in a pauper's home, so Brandon took charge of raising her young daughter. Brandon tells Elinor that Marianne strongly reminds him of the elder Eliza for her sincerity and sweet impulsiveness. Brandon removed the younger Eliza to the country, and reveals to Elinor all of these details in the hope that Marianne could get some consolation in discovering that Willoughby was revealed as a villain.
Meanwhile, the Steele sisters have come to London as guests of Mrs Jennings. After a brief acquaintance, they are asked to stay at John and Fanny Dashwoods' London house. Lucy sees the invitation as a personal compliment, rather than what it is, a slight to Elinor and Marianne who, being family, should have received such invitation first.
As a result, the Misses Steele are turned out of the house, and Edward is ordered by his wealthy mother to break off the engagement on pain of disinheritance.
Edward refuses to comply and is immediately disinherited in favour of his brother, Robert, which gains him respect for his conduct and sympathy from Elinor and Marianne. Colonel Brandon shows his admiration by offering Edward the living a clergyman's income of Delaford parsonage so that he might one day be able to afford to marry Lucy after he takes orders.
Charlotte Palmer, at her husband's estate, called Cleveland.
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Marianne, still in misery over Willoughby's marriage, goes walking in the rain and becomes dangerously ill. She is diagnosed with putrid fever, and it is believed that her life is in danger. Elinor writes to Mrs. Dashwood to explain the gravity of the situation, and Colonel Brandon volunteers to go and bring Marianne's mother to Cleveland to be with her.
In the night, Willoughby arrives and reveals to Elinor that his love for Marianne was genuine and that losing her has made him miserable. He elicits Elinor's pity because his choice has made him unhappy, but she is disgusted by the callous way in which he talks of Miss Williams and his own wife.
He also reveals that his aunt said she would have forgiven him if he married Miss Williams but that he refused. Marianne recovers from her illness, and Elinor tells her of Willoughby's visit. Marianne realises that she could never have been happy with Willoughby's immoral, erratic, and inconsiderate ways. She values Elinor's more moderated conduct with Edward and resolves to model herself after Elinor's courage and good sense. Edward arrives and reveals that, after his disinheritance, Lucy jilted him in favour of his now wealthy younger brother, Robert.
Edward and Elinor marry, and later Marianne marries Colonel Brandon, having gradually come to love him. The two couples live as neighbours, with both sisters and husbands in harmony with each other. Willoughby considers Marianne as his ideal but the narrator tells the reader not to suppose that he was never happy. She represents the "sense" half of Austen's title Sense and Sensibility.
She is 19 years old at the beginning of the book.
She becomes attached to Edward Ferrars, the brother-in-law of her elder half-brother, John. She sympathetically befriends Colonel Brandon, Marianne's long-suffering admirer and eventual husband. Always feeling a keen sense of responsibility to her family and friends, she places their welfare and interests above her own and suppresses her own strong emotions in a way that leads others to think she is indifferent or cold-hearted.
For example, even though she is extremely distressed upon learning of Lucy Steele's secret engagement to Edward, Elinor keeps Lucy's secret and does not reveal her discomfort with the information. While the book's narrative style is 3rd person omniscient, it is Elinor's viewpoint that is primarily reflected. Thus, the description of most of the novel's characters and events reflects Elinor's thoughts and insights.
Marianne Dashwood — the romantically inclined and eagerly expressive second daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Dashwood. Her emotional excesses identify her as the "sensibility" half of Austen's title. She is 16 years old at the beginning of the book. She is the object of the attentions of Colonel Brandon and Mr Willoughby.
She is attracted to young, handsome, romantically spirited Willoughby and does not think much of the older, more reserved Colonel Brandon. Marianne undergoes the most development within the book, learning her sensibilities have been selfish.
She decides her conduct should be more like that of her elder sister, Elinor. Edward Ferrars — the elder of Fanny Dashwood's two brothers. He forms an attachment to Elinor Dashwood.
Years before meeting the Dashwoods, Ferrars proposed to Lucy Steele, the niece of his tutor.
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The engagement has been kept secret owing to the expectation that Ferrars' family would object to his marrying Miss Steele. He is disowned by his mother on discovery of the engagement after refusing to give it up.
John Willoughby — a philandering nephew of a neighbour of the Middletons, a dashing figure who charms Marianne and shares her artistic and cultural sensibilities. It is generally presumed by many of their mutual acquaintances that he is engaged to marry Marianne partly due to her own overly familiar actions, i.
He is also contrasted by Austen as being " He is 35 years old at the beginning of the book. He falls in love with Marianne at first sight, as she reminds him of his father's ward whom he had fallen in love with when he was young. He is prevented from marrying the ward because his father was determined she marry his older brother.
He was sent into the military abroad to be away from her, and while gone, the girl suffered numerous misfortunes—partly as a consequence of her unhappy marriage. She finally dies penniless and disgraced, and with a natural i. He is a very honourable friend to the Dashwoods, particularly Elinor, and offers Edward Ferrars a living after Edward is disowned by his mother.
Minor characters[ edit ] Henry Dashwood — a wealthy gentleman, man of sternness who dies at the beginning of the story. The terms of his estate — entailment to a male heir — prevent him from leaving anything to his second wife and their children. He asks John, his son by his first wife, to look after meaning ensure the financial security of his second wife and their three daughters. Mrs Dashwood — the second wife of Henry Dashwood, who is left in difficult financial straits by the death of her husband.
She is 40 years old at the beginning of the book.
Much like her daughter Marianne, she is very emotive and often makes poor decisions based on emotion rather than reason. She is thirteen at the beginning of the book.
She is also romantic and good-tempered but not expected to be as clever as her sisters when she grows older. John Dashwood — the son of Henry Dashwood by his first wife.
He intends to do well by his half-sisters, but he has a keen sense of avariceand is easily swayed by his wife. She is vain, selfish, and snobbish. She spoils her son Harry. She is very harsh to her husband's half-sisters and stepmother, especially since she fears her brother Edward is attached to Elinor. Sir John Middleton — a distant relative of Mrs Dashwood who, after the death of Henry Dashwood, invites her and her three daughters to live in a cottage on his property.
Described as a wealthy, sporting man who served in the army with Colonel Brandon, he is very affable and keen to throw frequent parties, picnics, and other social gatherings to bring together the young people of their village. He and his mother-in-law, Mrs Jennings, make a jolly, teasing, and gossipy pair. Lady Middleton — the genteel, but reserved wife of Sir John Middleton, she is quieter than her husband, and is primarily concerned with mothering her four spoiled children.
A widow who has married off all her children, she spends most of her time visiting her daughters and their families, especially the Middletons. She and her son-in-law, Sir John Middleton, take an active interest in the romantic affairs of the young people around them and seek to encourage suitable matches, often to the particular chagrin of Elinor and Marianne.
Robert Ferrars — the younger brother of Edward Ferrars and Fanny Dashwood, he is most concerned about status, fashion, and his new barouche. He subsequently marries Miss Lucy Steele after Edward is disinheritedbut whether he will remain his mother's heir since his brother was disinherited for having been engaged to Miss Lucy Steele in the first place is not revealed.
A bad-tempered, unsympathetic woman who embodies all the foibles demonstrated in Fanny and Robert's characteristics. She is determined that her sons should marry well. After having disowned her eldest son for his engagement to Lucy Steele, she probably also later disinherited her younger son for his marriage to the self-same girl. Charlotte Palmer — the daughter of Mrs Jennings and the younger sister of Lady Middleton, Mrs Palmer is jolly, but empty-headed, and laughs at inappropriate things, such as her husband's continual rudeness to her and to others.
Thomas Palmer — the husband of Charlotte Palmer who is running for a seat in Parliament, but is idle and often rude. He is considerate toward the Dashwood sisters.
Lucy Steele — a young, distant relation of Mrs Jennings, who has for some time been secretly engaged to Edward Ferrars. Limited in formal education and financial means, she is nonetheless attractive, manipulative, and scheming. Miss Sophia Grey — a wealthy and malicious heiress whom Mr Willoughby marries to retain his comfortable lifestyle after he is disinherited by his aunt.
Lord Morton — the father of Miss Morton. Miss Morton — a wealthy woman whom Mrs Ferrars wants her eldest son, Edward, and later Robert, to marry. Mr Pratt — an uncle of Lucy Steele and Edward's tutor. Brandon, she is about 15 years old and bore an illegitimate child to John Willoughby. She has the same name as her mother.
Willoughby and Marianne The dramatization of the seduction scene, the restoration of the elder Steele sister comic gold, I tell you and the dueling scene really do add to the meat of this version. There is also no doubt that the scene at Allenham with Willoughby and Marianne is sizzling with sexual tension and greatly adds to Marianne's story. OK, little Henry Dashwood was hilarious There are lots of things about this version that I truly enjoy.
The young actors are amazing and the locations gorgeous and appropriately bleak. To paraphrase Elinor, "I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of it -- that I greatly esteem, that I like it. I just popped it in my DVD player and the first strains of music go straight to my heart! Oh, the hats of Sense and Sensibility!
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There is no doubt that the genius and humour of Emma Thompson's script is at the heart of what makes this version great. She changed so much of Jane Austen's dialogue and yet because she does it so well, we not only forgive her but we begin to look for her lines in the book!
Oh, the scenery and the cinematography! Ang Lee's direction is also heartbreakingly artistic. How a Taiwanese man was able to interpret the intentions of a year old story by an English lady is a mystery, but there it is!