Marianne Dashwood Analysis

Marianne Dashwood Analysis

A Short Marianne Dashwood Analysis

Marianne Dashwood very much takes after her mother, Mrs Dashwood. She is  the sensibility from the classic novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen. After a crushingly bitter experience, her emotions mature somewhat and she starts to listen to her head as well as her heart.

Marianne Dashwood thinks with her heart; she’s emotional and headstrong. If there’s one thing Marianne Dashwood doesn’t employ much of during most of the classic novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen, it’s sense. She’s passionate, highly opinionated and sees the world in black and white.

Reading Marianne’s thoughts  throughout the book, we get some fantastic insights into her character and what she thinks and feels about other people.

 

Marianne Dashwood’s Character:
Marianne Dashwood sees the world very much in black and white. She believes in the first bloom of love and not that of a second marriage or attachment despite the fact that her mama was the second wife and had an extremely happy marriage. She holds very strong opinions and her emotions often take over.

Marianne on John Willoughby:
When Marianne meets Willoughby, she immediately takes a fancy to him and rushes ahead into establishing a relationship or an emotional attachment with him. Elinor tries to caution her against moving too fast with Willoughby who is not well-known to them or other friends but Marianne is stubborn and will not take advice from her sister. Pride comes before a fall and Marianne discovers that her faith in Willoughby was very much undeserved.

Marianne on Elinor Dashwood:
Marianne loves her sister and they do have a very close relationship despite their personality differences. But Marianne always chides Elinor for being so reserved and restrained in her feelings. But, as we find out, it’s Elinor who is the sensible one and if only Marianne had listed a bit more to her sister, she would not have been so badly hurt by that cad, Willoughby.

Marianne on Colonel Brandon:
Marianne scoffs at the very idea of her marrying Colonel Brandon – he is too old, too stuck in his ways and not emotional or feeling enough. And once Willoughby is on the scene, Colonel Brandon makes poor comparison with such a young, handsome and spirited man. Only once Willoughby has been totally discredited does Marianne start to look upon Colonel Brandon with fresh eyes and see him in a much more favorable light. Marianne grows to love Colonel Brandon; it isn’t anything like the powerful attraction she felt for Willoughby but it is a love which we know will mature, strengthen and endure through the years.

Marianne on Romance:
Marianne is such a romantic. She is led by her heart constantly. The quotation that is made by Marianne on dead leaves at her former home of Norland is so telling of her character and how passionate she is. At the end of the book, her passion is tempered somewhat by the mistakes she’s made in the past. That’s when Marianne becomes a better person.

 

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