Example research essay topic: What Turns Walt Whitman On – 1,702 words

I am going to discuss, in relation to this
question, Jane Austen’s work both book and film ”
Sense and Sensibility”. Both of them, in different
ways, examine the story of two sisters and their
love affairs. They also show us with a trenchant
observation and in meticulous detail, which Jane
Austen possesses, “the quiet, day-to-day country
life of the upper-middle-class English”. For, in
parallel with the two these specific works, I will
try to present my opinion according to how “Sense”
is a plus and “Sensibility a minus. Moreover I can
say that Jane Austen is an astute observer of
human life, and that it refers to this excellent
treatment of the complex relationship between
“Sense and Sensibility” in the novel and the film.
In “Sense and Sensibility, we see a contrary
between two sisters: Elinor and Marianne. Elinor
is the embodiment of “sense”, who loves a man but
she never comes to terms with it, and Marianne,
who is openly expressed, enthusiastic and
infatuated with a man who afterwards ignores her
without a word.

To begin with, in the novel, we do
see Marianne very much romantic, sixteen-year-old
girl, governed by her feelings, not by reason,
unlike Elinor. Passionate in her opinions and
certain of their morality, Marianne lacks prudence
and relies on instinct. Her opinion about love is
“At first sight” and we can see that when Marianne
meets Willoughby it was like a hero rescuing his
princess. She is fall in love with him immediately
and she does not hide her feelings. Moreover in
the film this particular scene is showed much more
lively than the book. We can see their expression
on their face and immediately understand that
these two young people will without doubt fall in

Also Marianne is so alive when Willoughby
comes to see her and express that with her
actions: smiling loudly and running. Furthermore
“Marianne smiles her perfect happiness at him and
he whips up the horses. They drive off, waving
their farewells”. To continue with the book,
Marianne, says of love, “To love is to burn”, and
she is quite strange with the fact that Elinor
could be in love with Edward, because Elinor is
never express her feelings about anything. When
Elinor responds to her and say: “I do not attempt
to deny I think very highly of him”, Marianne
thinks that how is possible a woman who is really
cherished with a man talk like that. She expected
from her sister to be burned, but she is not
because of her sense.

At the film we see Marianne
with her mother and she is talking about why
Elinor does not show her feeling to Mr Edward
Ferrars, ” why does she never talk?” also “I do
not understand her, mamma. Why does she never
mention Edward? I have never ever seen her cry
about him, or about Norland” Mrs Dashwood replies:
“Nor I but Elinor is not like you or I dear. She
does not like to be swayed by her emotions”. So it
is quite interesting that the members of the
family know the character of Marianne and Einor.
However by the end of the novel, Marianne realises
that her excessive openness, hasty conclusions
about people, and dismissal of social convention
have generated unnecessary misery for herself and
others. Also late in the novel, a reflective
Marianne tells Elinor that she had compared her
behaviour “with what it ought to have been; I
compare it with yours,” and that she found her own
behaviour lacking: “I saw that my own feelings had
prepared my sufferings”. So she acknowledges her
errors, and decides to imitate Elinor’s reserve
and self-discipline.

On the other hand Elinor is a
mixture of idealist and realist. She is very
logical and uses always her sense, but we do learn
after that Elinor can get emotional. In the novel
Elinor does not tell her feelings about Edward who
comes into the story and there is an immediate
attraction. Elinor tells no one of her feelings;
it is just assumed that they are meant for each
other. Also when Edward has to leave, she does not
say anything, only the other members of the family
express their sadness of leaving them again back
to their fortune. Moreover when Edward has to
leave he promises to come back as to deliver an
atlas for Margaret.

However when the Atlas comes
and Edward not, we see only Margaret to cry not
Elinor. Moreover when Elinor found out that Edward
is engaged with a woman, she did not even tell
Lucy Steele of her feelings to try to break them
up. So it is obvious that Elinor represents
“Sense”. In the film we can see that very easily,
the scene with her mother after the Atlas comes,
and Marianne try to get rid of her little sister
as to not do the things worse, Elinor replies to
her mother’s question if she missed him, “We are
not engaged Mamma”. “But he loves you dear, of
that I am certain”, said Mrs Dashwood. Although
there is an emotional scene there Elinor looks
down, she speaks slowly, choosing her words with
care and say: “I am by no means assured of his
regard for me”.

Also it is quite impressive that
she is knowing about her situation,(that they have
no money now) and continues: “But even were he to
feel such a preference, I think we should be
foolish to assume that there would not be many
obstacles to his choosing a woman of no rank who
cannot afford to buy sugar.” In addition after
Elinor confirms that she is using her head not her
heart. After when reconsiders Willoughby, she is ”
resolved not only upon gaining every new light as
to his character which her own observation or the
intelligence of others could give her, but
likewise upon watching his behaviour to her sister
with such zealous attention, as to ascertain what
he was and what he meant” Also it is remarkable
the way that in the book Elinor does not shows the
shock of hearing that Edward is engaged. Elinor
stays calm and it is invisible the change of
colour, highlighting her sense. However in the
film we see Elinor change her colour and her
expression show us how astonished is she. Despite
of the fact that Elinor acts with sense, we can
see her exploded when Marianne finds out about
Edward’s engagement. Marianne “How long have you
known?” Elinor ” since the evening Mrs Jennings
offered to take us to London.

Marianne “Why did
you not tell me?”Elinor “Lucy told me in the
strictest confidence”. We can see that she does
not even tell to her sister about how she felt.
Suddenly however she finally explodes and she
turns upon Marianne almost savagely, “What do you
know of my heart? What do you know of anything but
your own sufferings? For weeks, Marianne I have
had this pressing on me without being at liberty
to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced
upon me by the very person whose prior claims
ruined all my hopes. I have had to endure her
exultation again and again while knowing myself to
be divided from Edward forever. Believe me
Marianne had I not been bound to silence I could
have produced proof enough of a broken heart even
for you”. Therefore I must confess that Austen is
not only concerned in showing the foolishness of
sensibility and the consequences Marianne faces.
She makes clear that fatal sense can also lead to
unhappiness just like impulsive romance.

It is
more complex and I will try to explain it with my
point of view. “Sense” is the most important
element that human being possesses. Is the ability
of people to understand what ever happens around
them. Like Elinor in the novel she uses her sense
all the times that why she fed up and suddenly she
explodes to her sister about her feelings. We can
see that human cannot use only his sense or only
his sensibility. People must use both of them in

Therefore Jane Austen behind this novel
wanted to show the problem of achieving a balance
between “sense” and “sensibility” in order to gain
happiness and love. The two sisters who start out
on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum end up
with a mix of both “sense” and “sensibility”.
Elinor is affectionate and her feelings strong;
but she knew how to govern them, while Marianne is
sensible and clever; but eager in everything. So
we can presume that it is an achievement if you
can combine these two important values. Moreover
that is the point of the life, a balance to
everything, life, politics, values, and social
life. I can say that Elinor could much more gain
from the start of the novel if she used both of
her sense and sensibility. Then Edward will be
hers from the first time; but anyway this is Jane
Austen novel and of course she wanted to show the
two different aspects of human thinking.

Also I
must refer that Marianne with her sensibility, at
the end she hurt a lot herself, that’s why then
she tries to imitate her sister Elinor, and uses
her sense. According to all that I have been said
it makes the point that “Sense” is not a plus and
“Sensibility” a minus in the same name Novel, but
a combination of both of them, and much more
complex than this. However the story ends with
Elinor marring Edward, and Marianne marring
Colonel. I must say that there is no fault with
these personalities. Some people hide their
feelings, and so make easy to know how they feel.
The point that I want to emphasis is that every
personality has its own unique characteristics. So
I can say that for Elinor Sense was wrong and for
Marianne was good her Sensibility, both of them is

To put it in a nutshell only I will quote
Iraklitos phrase: “It is difficult to fight your
heart with your sense because your heart does
everything she wants with buying the life”.
(Iraklitos, Greek Philosopher) Bibliography:.

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