Agree or Disagree?
Posted by Sandy on June 28, 1998 at 23:29:43:
The following was written as the last paragraph in the forward of my copy of S&S and I was wondering how the rest of you feel about what it says.
Paul Montazzoli wrote in 1996: "The gravity and unsparing detail of the chapters that describe Marianne's sufferings detroy any lingering suspicions in the reader that Austen intended her as a caricature. Marianne's illness, in fact, gives the book that prevailing somber tone that makes it a definite nonfavorite for readers who go to Austen primarily for sparkling comedy. In Sense and Sensibility, more than in any of her other novels, Austen struggles for her happy ending, and when achieved it is hardly convincing, depending as it does on factors either too convenient or too improbable. There is another reason why the ending is unsatisfying: The depleted Marianne who settles into dutiful wifehood makes us miss the more vibrant, rebellious Marianne of the first two thirds of the book. The victory of sense, which Austen explicitly welcomes, seems too costly; as in the earlier advocacy in favor of the dry Elinor over her appealing sister, text and subtext are at cross-purposes. Austen's ending reads like a covert acknowledgment that the problem she set out to explore - the antagonism between social norms and individual personality - really has no definitive solution, or at least no happy one."
- I disagree. Sparki 18:21:24 7/09/98 (0)
- I like that and can't agree more.....nfm Earlene 04:46:38 7/06/98 (0)
- Couldn't agree more Arnessa 13:29:21 6/29/98 (0)
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