Jane Austen 's Sense And Sensibility Essay

1169 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
As vital components when regarding the importance of etiquette during the antiquity of the late eighteenth century in England: class, rank and money were all highly valued among families. In Sense and Sensibility, a novel written by Jane Austen in 1811 under the pseudonym “A Lady,” transformed into a motion picture, a story similar to the novel Pride and Prejudice outlines the daily lives and drama of the Dashwoods. An upper class family who unfortunately came under deep infelicity and public disrepute after the passing of the patriarch, Mr. Henry Dashwood. After his death, his son, John Dashwood resumed the estate at Norland Park and his wife, Fanny whom which is described as being “narrow-minded” and a “selfish woman,” evicted Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters and impelled them into being mere visitors of their own home, and in turn lowered their social rank. In addition to being ousted out of their own estate, Mrs. John Dashwood split the inheritance of the old Dashwood family from ten thousand pounds to five hundred pounds each, which left them virtually penniless. Sense and Sensibility encapsulates the importance of a fatherly or husbandly figure in a quintessential eighteenth century English family. At the core of income, inheritance, and social standard, the demise of a paramount power can drag a family from royalty to ruins. The pivotal role social rank took within the standards of society during the time of George III included how a family would act, participate, and…

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