"Fate and Patience"--coincidences
Posted by Barbara on September 11, 1998 at 23:39:11:
I came across a site with some reviews/critiques of S&S, and I thought that this one had a few interesting points for discussion:The destination of Sense and Sensibility is the final trade-off between Marlanne's story and Elinor's. Marlanne starts with
being emotional and ends with being rational; Elinor goes the opposite direction. Ang Lee has manufactured a similar ending
but it is not motivated by the characters. Instead, it's driven by an endless series of coincidences. Hence, the Jane Austen
novel under the lens of Lee is no longer "Sense and Sensibility" but "Fate and Patience."
I'm not sure I agree with this. True, there are a lot of coincidenes in S&S. The girl Willoughby seduced just happened to be connected to a man who is in love with the same woman Willoughby is. Lucy Steele, related to the Jennings, just happened to be Edward's fiancée, and he just happened to be at Norland when the Dashwood women were there, etc. Ang Lee didn't set up or create any of these coincidences, and neither did Emma Thompson, for that matter.
But, there ARE lots of coincidences. Do you think that the novel relies too heavily on them? There wold be no story without them, really. I don't know that S&S is any more rife with coincidences than other JA novels though. P&P is loaded with them, as is Persuasion. What do you all think of JA's coincidences
- My immediate thoughts BarbaraB 16:58:55 9/12/98 (1)
- Coincidences Stephanie S 09:38:11 9/15/98 (0)
- Coincidences and fate and the rational 20th century... Jimmy 11:08:53 9/12/98 (2)
- Lots of coincidences in Austen works. Kathleen Ann 10:57:34 9/12/98 (4)
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