Sense and Sensibility: The Jane Austen Museum

Created by Ally Southworth

SELECTED EPIGRAPH "Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor." - Sholom Aleichem In “Sense and Sensibility,” the characters are very affected by how they are seen by others. The outcome of the book was affected by how people saw them. If you are rich, you are not allowed to marry poor. Status is prioritized over love. The picture depicts a man looking upon history and his past. His future is affected by his past. Today is affected by his status. This is a key idea that is in the book Sense and Sensibility
TONE From a distance, everything in the painting seems well and fun. But when you zoom into the painting, you will find more details that contradict what you originally thought. There are many details like this. In one part of the background, there is a canoe that a few men are rowing. They seem extremely tired from this work. Although the Dashwood's situation may seem pleasant and stress-free, upon closer examination, you can see that it is not that simple. This book has many tones. Ignorance and love are the two most prominent tones in this book. Love is what drive this characters to make their decisions. With love comes ignorance. At times, Elinor and Marianne were ignorant to what was really happening. As a result, the girls felt both heartbreak and love.
UNIVERSAL THEME This sculpture helps explain the theme of the book. Throughout the “Sense and Sensibility,” Marianne and Elinor feel trapped in their life. The black panels represent the despair they feel when they discover Edward and Willoughby are not in love with them. When you look at the opposite side of the sculpture (viewed on the next slide) and change the way you perceive it, you would find that you misunderstood the situation. Because the girls in “Sense and Sensibility” changed how they looked at a situation, the outcome of the was majorly altered. The theme of the book is coming-of-age. Throughout the book, Marianne and Elinor are searching for a husband that they can be with. The girls are preparing for the next stage in their life and trying to find someone to be with. Once they come of age and find their husbands, they “flip to the other side of the box” and are happy, content, and adult.
SETTING The lives of the Dashwoods changed greatly in the book. They lived in London, England at the beginning. They were wealthy women who lived in a very nice house. Mr. Dashwood died causing them to have to leave the expensive house because they could not inherit the estate since they were women.
SETTING After being forced to leave London, England where they lived in a huge house, the Dashwoods went to Devonshire, England where they lived in a quaint village. This was all that they could afford. Mrs. Dashwood hoped to expand the small cottage that the girls lived in, but she never gained enough money to do so.
SETTING Elinor and Marianne would often go on walks through the woods. They would visit Barton Park, as well. They love nature and enjoy being outdoors. When Marianne was ill, Elinor was extremely worried. After recovering, Marianne went on a walk through the woods with Elinor. Not only did this symbolize Marianne's recovery, but it also returned some normalcy to the girls' lives.
"A DAY IN THE LIFE" JOURNAL The protagonist of this book is Elinor. She is strong and stubborn, but very dependent. She does not make any decisions for herself so her life is mostly lead by the decisions of other. Marianne is the one person who always seems to be near her. Just like the painting, Elinor feels like she is pushed away and confined to a small space where everything is decided for her. Elinor and her family were pushed away into a small cottage away from everyone else. Throughout the book, Elinor felt alone and helpless. LINK FOR "A DAY IN THE LIFE" JOURNAL:
MANDALA This ceiling symbolizes Elinor Dashwood's personality. From afar, it seems intimidating, beautiful, and intricate. But when you look closer, you see there is more that what meets the eye. There are trees in the ceiling that represent the health, strength, and stability that elinor posses. There is also a tiger that could represent what Elinor wants to be. She hopes to be full of courage and strength. There are certain things that she wants and she does what she can to get them. MANDALA LINK:
TEXT-TEXT CONNECTION In "Sense and Sensibility," Elinor believes that Edward is married to Lucy Steele. Through a misconception, she truly believed that her life had flipped upside down. In "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, Scout believes that Boo Radley is an evil, monster-like man. She learns this through rumors and words she has hear from other people. Just like Elinor, Scout did not learn this information from the source. At the end of the book Scout learns that Boo Radley is a kind man. Elinor also learns that Edward isn't married. In both books, they learn that their original assumption was false.
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