Forced to Change
Posted by Lynne on October 21, 1997 at 15:24:02:
In response to Marianne's tragedy!, written by Rita on October 21, 1997 at 13:09:43
. Marianne is passionate by nature and passion is not a learned sentiment but instinctual, that is why she is different from El
Yes, and is it not interesting that Marianne is the one who is forced to change....and Elinor is not? Essentially, Elinor is the same person at the end of the book, as at the beginning. She does suffer, internally, but seems to weather her trials with her personality intact. She also gets the man she loves....and if we follow your theory (that Marianne never recovered from her love for W), then Marianne does not really get what she wants. Could JA be saying that those who govern their emotions and employ rational thought as their by-word----that these people are more likely to find satisfaction in their lives than those of a more emotional and impulsive nature? Perhaps the true tragedy is that we must bury our feelings if we are to be taken seriously in this world....or at least, not show them to an excessive degree. It just seems as if Elinor is rewarded for her belief systems.....and Marianne is not (if one believes that she still loved W, and just married Brandon because she succumbed to her family's desires)
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