Jane Austen 's Sense And Sensibility Essay

795 Words Feb 16th, 2016 4 Pages
The complexity of the English language reaches an all time high when one attempts to discover the varying meaning and historical uses of a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. In Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, she often uses the same word to transcend one definition and create depth in her writing. The novel Sense and Sensibility focuses on the lives of the Dashwood women following the death of their father and husband; the novel follows them through their blossoming romances, friendships, and tribulations regarding money. Although just a simple word, the varying definitions of the word “interest” serves as a platform to highlight these different themes in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. For starters, one of the Oxford English Dictionary’s definitions of interest is “having a right or title to, a claim upon or share in” and this explicates the theme of money throughout the novel. At the very beginning of the novel the reader learns that Mr. Henry Dashwood is nearing death and is arranging for the lives of his wife and daughters. Austen describes that the property owned by Mr. Dashwood will no longer be his or his wives after he passes: “the remaining moiety of his first wife’s fortune was also secured to her child, and he had only a life interest in it” (Austen 6). This meant that all the fortune and property went to the son, who was from another marriage, because he had only a life interest on it. This catapults the theme of money in the novel by declaring…

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