Sense and Sensibility
This is such an awesome representation of two personalities and ways of dealing with life. Clearly, I am Marianne! The one who lives for passion, emotion, and love. She says “To love is to be on fire” I totally believe in that. If you are not on fire for the man or woman you love, then it never had a chance to make it all through life. When you first meet, you have that fire for each other, or at least you’re supposed to. Then as the years go on, the fire is kept going. The couple keeps the fires going. The flames might calm a little, but they still burn for each other. This kind of passion I live for. You feel alive! When you’re on fire for someone, your whole life and everyone around you is alive, bright, happy, and passionate. This is all that Marianne Dashwood lives for—to be on fire! To love is to be on fire! This is what life is about. Love is a fire.
Elinor Dashwood on the other hand is much more reserved, conservative, nurturing to others, rational, logical, calm, and inward. Marianne is the polar opposite. Elinor will say things such as “I like him” She doesn’t let passion railroad her eyes to realty. She does love Edward, but she loves him from within and conservatively. If she is heartbroken, it isn’t shown. Marianne’s on the other hand is shown so much that whatever her mood is will determine how sick she is physically. That is how outward she is.
I think Austen shows these two sides to suggest that true love does not have to be so outward. The same love can be inward and tame. I also think the human condition is also illustrated here because the two personalities are real to everyone. One is either Elinor or Marianne. Two extremes to the human personality.