Comparing Austen's Pride And Prejudice
Sense and sensibilities, Elinor Dashwood mirrors Jane Austen’s strait-laced sense of propriety and how she was the strength behind her families emotional and financial stability. Jane “practical and sensible, and she did what she thought best” (Tomalin). This was clearly evident after her father passed away, Jane acted like the back bone of the family and managed to gather herself together and send her fathers pocket watch and pen to her brother as mementos. After she died, the family never remained as close. Similarly, Elinor in Sense and Sensibility is the sister who holds down the family and discusses the practicality of situations and she takes her families well being upon herself. She too distributes cherished mementos of her father when he dies. Elinor gave her sister Marianne love advice to protect her from getting hurt by her lover. Likewise, Jane showered her wisdom and philosophy on her nieces Fanny Austen and Anna Austen who were very dear to her and she counselled them on men, marriage and choosing the right suitors. Like the character she creates in Elinor of sense and sensibility, she sticks by her family and helps them when they need …show more content…
Jane’s life closely parallels that of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Austen begins the novel with the line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. This statement signifies the mind set of the time that a woman would be no one without a man. Like all fair maidens,Jane had this pressure of getting married and secretly hoped she would too, just like Elizabeth and her sisters.
The nature of sisterhood is greatly exemplified in the book, Jane and Lizzy are shown to be close knit sisters. In reality, Jane possessed an extremely close relationship with her sister Cassandra. They were dependent upon each other and supported each other in all aspects of their