Sense and Sensibility
After viewing the show I believe that it is clear that the author and director have defined different and
distinct roles for the sisters. Marianne is very romantic minded and is driven by her romanticism in every
facet of her life. From the very beginning of the movie she states her intentions with love by stating her
displeasure with Elinor due to the manner in which Elinor handles her relationship with Edward Farrars. She
does so by chiding and ridiculing her for entertaining a man that could not even read poetry up to the
romantic standards that Marianne believed was proper. Marianne’s romanticism was of particular display
and most noticeable when she questioned if Elinor’s love for Edward was a fancy or a feeling. Fancy being
because it would be a logical or popular thing to do and a feeling being true emotion.
Marianne also displayed her romantic personality in many other ways throughout the movie. She
displayed a very commonly romantic attitude when she fell in love with John Willoughby at first sight. You
could tell by her actions that even though she knew very little about him she was madly in love and showed
her true intentions by hastily requesting that her mother fetch his name as he left her home in that scene. She
also showed much more affection for Willoughby when he romantically picked her some wildflowers instead
of the generic types that Colonel Brandon had brought moments before.
In bright contrast to Marianne, Elinor was quite the opposite and led a very logical and reasonable
quest for love. In the face of disgust and contempt from Marianne for her ways, Elinor stayed true to her
heart and eventually found peace and love in her own manner. Elinor displayed this logical thinking most
evidently when Willoughby was leaving her sister to head to London and start a new life. While her sister
was weeping and wailing, Elinor was logically thinking about Willoughby’s countenance and actions looking
for a sign that would perhaps give away his true intentions. She always took a more cerebral approach to
While the sisters were in London their actions revealed much about their approach to love.
Marianne was very focused on her own goals and was bound and determined to find Willoughby and
reconnect with him. While this was happening, Elinor was having a struggle of her own but put it aside to
focus and help her sister find peace amongst her struggles. Elinor even accuses Marianne of being selfish
only focusing on her problems. I believe because Marianne is so up front with her emotions and wears them
on her sleeve, she seems more easily prone to suffering. Elinor protects her emotions by keeping her feeling
vested in side of her. After Elinor confronts her about her selfishness, she still helps Marianne through her
Due to the heartbreak that Marianne experiences because of her romanticism I believe that Jane
Austen and the director are leading us to believe that if we use logic and reason in our relationships we will
be better off in the long run. I don’t think it was just a coincidence that Marianne almost died of heartbreak.
I believe it is a strongly suited metaphor that sends us the message to keep reasoning close by when our
heart is full of love.