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|A predator, Or "just" selfish?
Written by Heather Leigh
(10/2/2009 10:43 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good Point; Is Willoughby a "predator?", penned by Jeffrey
I think a predator would have to have the intent of doing harm, and I don't see Willoughby that way. I see him more as a completely selfish person, living for his own needs/desires and not thinking about the possible consequences of his actions OR empathizing with other people, thinking about their needs. (a narcissist)
That makes me think about how he fits with all the other selfish/heartless characters in the story ... Is he different from them, or is he just more open about his selfishness, heartlessness, and materialism? Where does the selfishness of respectable people like John and Fanny tip over into wickedness?
The novel's title needs a third "S" -- Sense and Sensibility and Selfishness.
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