Jane Austen 's Sense And Sensibility And Persuasion Essay

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Jane Austen, an author of the eighteenth century wrote Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion, novels about young women struggling to navigate through the obstacles set by the society of the time. Jane Austen elicits the flaws and corruption in her society by using exaggeration and sarcasm in her novels. She discusses the societal expectations that shaped her characters that continue to exist to this day.
Many saw their marriage as a rung of the social ladder, marriage was for social and economic benefits, not for love, “It was creditable to have a sister married, and she might flatter herself with having been greatly instrumental to the connexion, by keeping Anne with her in the autumn;” (Austen 182). This is where Austen peaks with the idea of social status. She exaggerates Mary, who appreciates the marriage because it also raises her social standing but still makes her better than Anne. Rather than being wholesomely happy for Anne, Mary is most happy with the idea that she is associated with someone of a high rank. Austen also explains how men benefitted from marriages, not only women as the stereotype goes. “Jane Austen stresses four principal faults of the patriarchal system: the failure of female education; the absence of love and understanding between parents and children; the cultivation of shallow goals and inadequate moral standards; and the perversion of courtship and marriage.” (Gold 313). Sense and Sensibility shows all of these faults: Edward never getting along…

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