In the lecture there are many surrounding contextually clues as to why the people of the time period held themselves to such strict sensibilities. What I mean is British Society was held to certain standards during this time period in a firmer manner in response to the French Revolution. British society felt the revolution and the actions taking during the time were excessive and unnecessary. The elite of British Society did not want a people’s revolution, they wanted to maintain the status. This can be seen by the society holding itself to stricter standards and practices, also knows as Sensibilities, in order to distance their society from that of the French. However, not all these Sensibilities held much merit, such as the longing for the picturesque by those in possession of wealth and status, other than to help appeal to the lower classes. Therefore, it is important to balance the two sister’s and present them as foils, but also as foils created by the same circumstance. Elinor’s sense with budgeting is dismissible unless paired against Marianne’s Sensibilities and desire to live an almost unrealistic but certainly fanciful life. But that does not mean all sense is triumphant over Sensibilities in the novel. In particular the relationships built within the novel are more triumphant when built on Sensibilities and the happiness of characters depends on certain Sensibilities being followed through despite being nonsense. However, I do think Austen calls for sense to be the prevalent decision maker in the domestic lives of women.


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