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Lecture 1

ENG 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Primogeniture, Aristocracy


Department
English
Course Code
ENG 110
Professor
Cooley Ron
Lecture
1

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Lecture 1 – Sense and Sensibility Prof: Ron Cooley,
2016
Social Class in 18-19 C England
Aristocracy
oHereditary titles; primogeniture
Gentry
oHereditary land; primogeniture
oKnights
“Middling Sort”
oMerchants; professionals
oDoctors, lawyers
Rural and Urban Workers
oSome “smallholders”
oMany tenants
o
Class and Money in Sense & Sensibility
What is the Dashwood women’s financial situation?
o~10,000 pounds. It all goes to John Dashwood’s family
which is unfortunate cuz they’re greedy
othey need the money because of the expectations of
dowries
How might they improve it?
oIn their views: by marrying well
What are the obstacles in their way?
Terms:
What does “Sensibility” mean in the novel’s terms?
oMarianne
Emotional
Dramatic
Romantic
Idealistic
Sensitive
Must be involved in the interest of music; if you
feel something, show it, don’t stay in the
background
oMrs. Henry Dashwood (since she is said to be like
Marianne)
What does “Sense” mean?
Which characters embody each quality?
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