Posted by Rita on October 21, 1997 at 13:09:43:
In response to Marianne's tragedy, written by Arnessa on October 21, 1997 at 12:16:24
If that is all it was, why is Marianne so moved when Elinor finally tells her about Willoughby's confession? It is because there was something real there. If we are supposed to believe Marianne's romance with Willoughby is just a flighty teenage thing, we should see her crying her eyes out then, at the drop of a hat, falling for the next prince riding up on a white horse and raving about the next guy as much as she did about Willoughby. But she doesn't.
An important point! Jane Austen is a great writer but I am not convinced about this portrayal of Marianne(in the end). it is possible that she realizes the true nature of people and the fickle nature of 'declared' love. However, I am not convinced that she ever got over Willoughby.
Brandon is a better 'man' in our estimation, but that is not the point, it doesn't matter what is/how we see it- the question is DOES MARIANNE'S NATURE COMPLIMENT THIS RELATIONSHIP OR VICE-VERSA?????
I have to be honest and say, no! People's needs and wants in marriage can never be governed by what is right or good according to conventional wisdom, it then follows that such relationships are truly dependent on their character and need. Marianne is passionate by nature and passion is not a learned sentiment but instinctual, that is why she is different from El
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