Friday, March 20, 2009

My thoughts on Sense & Sensibility

"My favorites were Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I'd read the first most recently, so I started into Sense and Sensibility, only to remember after I began chapter three than the hero of the story happened to be named Edward."
-Twilight, p. 148

Well, let me start off by saying I must disagree with Bella. I didn't find the hero of the story to be Edward at all! In my eyes, the hero of this story is Colonel Brandon! He not only took care of the daughter of the woman he loved at the expense of his reputation and marriage prospects, he immediately jumped into action when Marianne fell ill, despite the fact that he knew she did not hold any affection for him. He offered Edward a living when he found out that Edward had given up all claims to his family's money so that he could honor his promise to marry Lucy. He also took care of his "daughter" when Willoughby got her pregnant and left her. He was kind to Elinor and her family, and honorable to everyone he met, even those he knew were talking about him behind his back.

I had a hard time seeing Edward as a hero in the story, or even as a main character. He was in a chapter or two at the beginning, and all of a sudden, Elinor was in love with him. Then he was back towards the middle, but was revealed to be engaged to Lucy. Then he comes sweeping in at the end, and they get married. It was puzzling to say the least! :)

Willoughby gets my vote for the most exciting entrance as a character! I can see him carrying Marianne into her house, coat billowing behind him.... wow! Of course, he reveals himself to be a selfish scoundrel in the end, but his beginning was exciting! :)

I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters in this book as much as Pride and Prejudice, however, I think the characters of Marianne and Elinor were more true to life than Jane and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice (or perhaps I've just never had the pleasure of knowing anyone as good and kind as Jane!). Marianne and Elinor each had their faults, but they seemed to grow quite a bit by the end of the story, especially Marianne. Granted, Marianne was only 16 in this story, and 16 year olds can have a tendency to think they have all the answers (speaking of course from my own experience as a 16 year old! LOL). Only time and experience bring the maturity to change that!

In the end, I was very happy to know that Marianne and Colonel Brandon ended up together! He was my favorite character! I'm glad Elinor is happy with Edward, though I would have liked to see more interaction between them. I just didn't feel anything for their relationship.

And I was proud of myself because this book was much easier for me to read! I think it's a great example of how the more you read classic literature, the better you get at it! So even though it's hard at first, we all need to persevere! We can do it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Back from Spring Break!

I'm back from taking my daughter to DisneyWorld for her 10th birthday! It was a wonderful week, and I'm having a hard time getting back into the groove of real life! Tonight is the meeting for my "physical" Bella's Bookshelf book club... hopefully tonight or tomorrow I'll get my thoughts posted online! :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sense and Sensibility - A Summary

Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
first published in 1811

Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are very close, but have decidedly different personalities. The two young women each find love and feel quite secure in their attachments. However, both women are proved wrong when the objects of their affections reveal engagements to other women. Marianne openly displays her despondence, while Elinor keeps her feelings to herself, not only because her temperament requires it, but also in an attempt to protect Marianne's feelings. Ultimately, Marianne comes to terms with the ending of her relationship with Willoughby, and realizes that his selfishness would have ruled their lives. Meanwhile, Elinor despairs to find her beloved Edward Ferrars has married the foolish Lucy, only to learn that it was a mistake and that Lucy was instead married to Edward's brother, Robert. Elinor and Edward are married quickly and find a happy living on the property of Colonel Brandon. Over the next 2 years, Marianne finds her heart and mind's affections changed towards Colonel Brandon, who has adored Marianne from the first moment he saw her. They are ultimately married, and everyone is happy.