4.22.2014

|Quote Analysis| Sense and Sensibility: The Real Elinor

"His (Edward) coldness and reserve mortified her severely; she was vexed and half angry; but resolving to regulate her behaviour to him by the past rather than the present, she avoided every appearance of resentment or displeasure, and treated him as she through he ought to be treated from the family connection." Chapter 16, Page 168, Anchor

This quote reveals Elinor's real personality. Unlike what her cold demeanor suggests, Elinor does, in fact, get offended by cold treatment - she just does not show it. Elinor's composure and serious character comes from her ability to control and hide her true emotions. As although she was "mortified severely", she was able to "regulate her behaviour". The use of the word "regulate" suggests Elinor thinks herself as a out of control person who needs to be governed by regulations. In her case, Elinor restricts herself based on societal rules. Elinor "[avoids] every appearance of resentment or displeasure" and treats Edward the way he "ought to be treated from the family connection". She tosses aside her personal feelings because she knows it would be improper if she treated Edward harshly. 

4.21.2014

|Socratic Seminar + Writing Reflection + Reading Log| Sense and Sensibility: A Man for a Man

Socratic Seminar Reflection
This discussion was definitely one of our better discussion as we had great participation and flow of ideas in the seminar. Yet this discussion covered chapters 1 - 14 of Sense and Sensibility so there was a lot of material to discuss in only thirty minutes of time. So although we had great ideas, we only hit the bigger more general ideas instead of going in deeper and analyzing the literature. One aspect of the book we discussed about the is the relationships in the book. we came to a general conclusion that Willoughby and Marianne's relationship does not seem promising. Their relationship seems too perfect and fairy tale-esque to be true. We also came across the point that the plot seemed a bit anti-climatic. I know we are only in the first volume but there seems to be a lack of conflict except for the confusing relationships between the Dashwoods and the various men. Someone suggested that perhaps Margaret plays a bigger role than she currently does and will bring the long awaited plot twist. However the big ball has not happened yet so everything that is happening in the story is just building up before the real drama happens at the ball. 
Dance party for our A-



Writing Reflection
In the final essay for Romeo and Juliet, I improved on my abilities to analyze the text yet there are still areas of flawed logic and ideas that were irrelevant to my argument. An reason for this was my thesis was more complex than it should have been and it did not really state the argument I provided through my evidence and examples. I need to work on creating a stronger and clearer statement that relates to the evidence I use in the essay. 

Reading Log
The men in the story are really intriguing characters. Willoughby's sudden departure from Devonshire leaves the Dashwoods wondering about the motive behind his trip to London. Not only that, it also leads to Elinor and Mrs. Dashwood wondering if Willoughby and Marianne are engaged yet. The way Marianne mopes around after Willoughby leaves underlines her attachment towards him however it does not confirm whether she is engaged. 

On the bright side, Willoughby's departure seems to bring our long lost friend to visit the Dashwoods. Edward Ferrars finally decides to visit the ladies at the cottage. Actually, it is unclear whether he planned on visiting the Dashwoods as he was in the are for two weeks already and did not bother visiting Elinor. Adding to that, he was not particularly happy to see the Dashwoods either   and he definitely did show any added affection towards Elinor. Instead, Edward seemed more enthusiastic to see Marianne than he was to see Elinor. During the conversation he talks more to Marianne by suggesting how to spend her money and asking her if she thought he was shy.


In fact he did not mention Elinor's name when he addressed Mrs. Dashwood and Marianne about money nor did he ask for Elinor's opinion on his character. Furthermore, after Elinor tells Edward that Marianne finds anyone who does not agree or enjoy what she finds interesting to be reserved he becomes quiet and withdraws from the conversation. Right now my love senses (because I am a very trusted and reliable relationship predictor) are going off and telling me Mr. Edward Ferrar has the hots for Marianne. So the current score in the Wedding Games is 3 - 0 in favor of Marianne.

You go girl

4.15.2014

|Reading Log| Sense and Sensibility: Relationships

Thoughts on Chapters 8 - 11

Marianne and Willoughby have a fairy tale relationship. The way Willoughby carries Marianne home after she injures her ankle resembles any other damsel in distress romance story. A poor girl finds herself in danger only to be saved by a handsome wealthy young man (or in Willoughby's case, soon to be wealthy) and the pair fall in love. Simply put, I find their relationship cute. Willoughby is probably the closest match Marianne will get to her ideal man. He shares the same artistic interests as Marianne, treats her in a gentlemanly manner, is about to receive a whole munch of inheritance and as if it could not better, and is extremely good looking. 

I'm so excited for the prospects of this couple!

Yet while this whole young love thing is blooming, we have two dejected characters sitting at the side: Elinor and Brandon. When Marianne is with Willoughby "she [has] no eyes for any one else" and "scarcely spoke a word to any one else." (Austen, 55 - 56) Marianne is pretty much Elinor's only companion as Edward still resides in Norland and all the other women in Sussex are not compatible with Elinor's personality. In other words, Elinor has no one to talk to . Furthermore, Brandon also finds himself among the lonely and rejected as he suffers from unrequited love towards Marianne. At first Brandon's fancy for Marianne appeared to be a simple affair. Yet from his conversation with Elinor it appears there is more to Brandon than I previously thought. He accidently slips out how he once "knew a lady who in temper and mind greatly resembled" Marianne. (Austen, 57) His reasons behind liking Marianne seem to be affected by a past relationship he had with another woman that left a big impact on his life. Knowing this, Brandon is no longer the pitiful middle-aged man I previously made him out to be because it seems like he suffered hardships in his younger years. 

There is clearly something sad within him.  
On the other hand, the way Brandon accidently let slip to Elinor about his previous relationship suggests the two are becoming closer. Perhaps because of their similar lonely situation, they will begin developing feelings for each other. 

|Reading Log| Sense and Sensibility: Opposites

Thoughts on Chapters 1 - 7

As the title suggests, the book plays with the difference between sense and sensibility. Even though the story has just begun, Elinor clearly embodies the sense while Marianne displays large amounts of sensibility. Marianne's character might cause her trouble in the future as her bright personality may come across as vulgar to some. Although Elinor has done a great job herself in becoming a perfect example of how a young lady should act, she has to deal with the brazen characteristics her both her mother and Marianne. 

On the topic of men, Marianne and Elinor seem to have very contrasting views on what they find attractive or likable. Although Austen describes Edward Ferrars, the man Elinor develops feelings for, as "not handsome" nor "fitted with abilities" Elinor comes to like him as he has "an open affectionate heart" after he comes out of his "natural shyness". (Austen, 17) This suggests Elinor looks past than just the physical appearance of a person and takes their personality into account. She looks past her set ideas of what an ideal man should be and accepts Edward's quiet nature as his heart is "warm and temper affectionate." (Austen, 18) Marianne on the other hand cannot accept Edward as a proper bachelor for her sister. She states she cannot "be happy with a man whose taste" in art and music does not overlap with her own. (Austen, 19) Unlike her older sister, Marianne needs someone who she can be able to converse and share her interests with.

Love how the third sister is ignored

 

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