Show Not Tell
Posted by Cheryl K on October 23, 1997 at 01:18:39:
In response to THE END, how does everyone feel?????, written by Rita on October 20, 1997 at 20:41:37
] Marianne has lost a part of her (that), I find tragic........
I think probably the biggest reason no one truly buys
Marianne's marriage to Brandon is not because she's changed, people always change... it's that Austen simply TELLS us she changed/married Brandon, and doesn't use her superlative powers of revealing character to explicate it.
Darcy changes in P&P, and we accept that because JA shows it so well (I know the situations aren't precisely analogous--Darcy's hauteur is a lot worse than Marianne's romanticism--but for my purpose...). But this change comes at the end of the novel and it just feels too neatly done.
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