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A Comparison Between Characters of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice

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A Comparison between Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth though open in her feelings but at the same time very observant and conscious of her surroundings. Her honest opinions were never meant to offend anyone. Similarly, Elinor in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ emerges as the most pragmatic character. She exhibits the same qualities except that she was not open about her feelings. She hid her emotions even when Edward’s former relationship was unveiled and suffered within.

Wickam in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Willouby in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ are of the same type. Both of them want to raise their status in society.

The family unit is pretty similar in the two novels. Upbringing of daughters and the influence a mother exerts in this task is seen throughout the two novels. Similarly the limited role a father plays in these stories is evident. He merely plays the role of a bread winner and stays more or less indifferent towards the ongoing affairs of the family.

There is a basic similarity between the characterization of both ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’. Female protagonist is the main power character. She not only exerts immense power through her love but also facilitates the transformation of her hero. Male and female protagonists are separated by a wide social chasm, hero lying on the upper rung of the socio economic ladder and heroine on the lower


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