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Lecture 11

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University of Toronto St. George
Deidre Lynch

Lecture 11 – 131016 - Elinor = sense; Marianne = sensibility o Elinor is emotional, but she just chooses to hide it as image is more important to her - The sisters both appeal to sympathy and ask the readers to identify with them in the text - On one hand, the novel does seems to openly chastise Marianne o Clichés of women in sensibility – susceptibility and sensitivity to romantics  She believes that her relationship with Willoughby are right because her feelings are so strong – she views her feelings as legally binding • But we find out she was wrong  She doesn’t pay attention to the social conventions around her)  Marianne becomes ill (compared directly and indirectly to the fading woman/dying woman) • Comparison to Brandon’s lover, Eliza – disappointment in love caused her to commit adultery and then die • Marianne disappointed in love, like Eliza (direct comparison to the dying woman) o Vol. 2, ch. 11, pg. 171: “At her time of life, any thing of an illness…a-year, at the utmost.”  Suggests that it is familiar – readers recognize her as a certain character - On the other hand, Elinor’s disposition is also problematic o The text is written in her point of view so we know why she makes certain decisions o She’s also wrong about Willoughby – she assumes that Marianne and Willoughby are engaged because she’s governed by these conventions (social conventions) - Elinor throughout the text is kind of isolated and excluded, and is carrying the secret about Lucy’s engagement to Edward o Fact that her feelings are socially mitigated (governed by the social expectations and comfort)  She’s excluded by many activities (reason she first forms bond with Edward – originates because her mother and sister are too engaged with affections) o Vol. 2, ch. 1, pg. 105: “The necessity of concealing from her mother and Marianne…while her self-command would neither receive encouragement from their example nor from their praise.”  “The necessity of concealing” – mandatory that she conceals it
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