Sense and sensibility is a novel written by Jane Austen that was first published in 1811. when talking about Jane Austen, I can say confidently that I have a good knowledge to her. She (16 December 1775-18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. In her short and glorious life, she wrote about dozens of famous novels, such as sense and sensibility, pride and prejudice, Mansfield park, Emma and so on. When I was a high school student, I had once read the Chinese version of pride and prejudice, through this novel, I have a preliminary understanding of Jane Austen’s vision of love, and realize the life of British girl in that period, but not deep, while, I am really engaged in the style of Jane Austen’s novel, and yearn for a deep understanding of her novel, the era she lived, so when the teacher asked us to read a English novel, I chose sense and sensibility written by Jane Austen.
The story in this book concerns two sister, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (Elinor represents “sense” and Marianne is “sensibility”). Along with their mother and young sister, they were evict from their residence Norland Park after the death of their father, they moved to a country cottage offered by a generous relative with on other choice.
Before they moved out of their former residence, Elinor fell in love with the gentleman Edward Ferrars who was her sister-in-law’s brother, unfortunately, she was unware of the engagement between Edward and Lucy, after hearing that bad news, instead of anger,despair , she showed her calm and sense, to Edward, she expressed her understanding and belief. Actually, Elinor was a virtuous girl, sense is a kind of inner character of her, she was generous, gentle, calm and piolite to all the people around her, including the people who hurted her, such as Lucy. Concerning love, Elinor also zealous in the affair between Edward and her, because of her belief, tolerance and sense, she finally won a happy end, and got married with her lover Edward.
Marianne also was a virtuous, with passion and fansaty, she always dreamed one day that she can marry a handsome gentle and rich man. After their move, Marianne met Willoughby, a dashing young man who leaded her into undisciplined behaviour, so that she ignored the faithful (but a lot older) gentleman Colonel Brandon. Unfortunately, Willoughby was a greedy and unchaste man who finally discarded Marianne then married a rich lady. Marianne was inconsolable, and nearly died, during this time, Colonel Brandon accompanied with her, and faced and conquered every difficulty together. She was eventually moved by
Colonel Brandon, and finally realized the he was the person that she can entrust lifelong.
Compared with Elinor, Marianne’s suffering, not only brings agony to herself, but also the people who around and care about her. The reason underlies this consequence is the sensibility exits in Marianne’s inner character. Therefore , we can see transparently that sense is a very important principle in our daily life.
In the real life, abundant emotion should be involved, while it is not equal to acting impetuously, when necessary, our thoughts and emotions should be rational constrained by sense. In the novelist ---Jane Austen’s mind, dealing with a matter cautiously and heart impulse should be well balanced. She respects the view that money can buy elegant life, on the contrary, she pays more attention to interpersonal relationships. In one word, sense is more important than sensibility for Jane herself.
As for us, just as mentioned before, sense should be regarded as a kind of life principle, a habits for consideration.
The road of life is tough, we’ll come across a mass of difficulties when we communicate with our colleagues, friends, also when we dealing with
jobs. Facing those puzzles, without the sense, lose temper becomes potluck. This actually do not focus on solving the problems, what’s more, it makes them more complex.
In consequence, refer to the friendship, teammates relationship, and the other complicated polytropic relations, we can think about more rational way to conduct them, it is definitely favorable for us to conquer the problem