The Necessity Of Marrying Well In Jane Austen's Sense And Sensibility

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In Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the necessity of marrying well is one of the central themes. In Austen’s era a woman’s survival depended on her potential to acquire an affluent partner. This meant a choice of marrying for love and quite possibly starve, or marry a securing wealthy person, there was a risk of marrying someone who you might despise.

Passage One, portrays the relationship between Marianne and Willoughby. Marianne was blinded by her love, ‘He was exactly formed to engage Marianne’s heart.’ Marianne is someone who can show no concern for wealth if she believes she has found true love. Willoughby was estimated to be ‘Faultless as in Marianne’ Willoughby was all that Marianne fancied, her affection for him was beyond everything else. This is rather ironic for Willoughby the man she loves holds a wholly contradicting viewpoint on the matter. Willoughby is willing to sacrifice even the greatest of loves if it cannot secure status and wealth.

Passage one also indicates the necessity of marrying well. Mrs. Dashwood illustrates a shallow reaction to the situation of her daughters and prospective son-in-laws. Mrs. Dashwood is quite overwhelmed with the idea of ‘having gained two such son-in-law as Edwards and Willoughby’ therefore she secretly congratulates herself. She is somewhat overwhelmed that she distorts her sense and rationality. Marianne and her mother, are not acting rationally, they both have similar characteristics, both are willing to overlook any flaws of Willoughby. Elinor saw nothing to censure Willoughby, but wasn’t delighted with his behaviour ’saying too...

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