02 abril 2017

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

In the beginning of the year, I posted that I would participate of the Jane Austen 200 years project and read one book per month and I posted the list of the books here on this post. The problem was that I joined the project before it started and I had a lot of readings to catch up and also a lot of adaptations to watch. The first book of the project was Sense and Sensibility that was published in 1811 when Jane Austen was just 36 years old, and only 2 years before the publication of Pride and PrejudiceSense and Sensibility revolves around the two sisters, Marianne and Elianor Dashwood who have opposite personalities and ideals. The story begins when Mr Dashwood dies and subsequently, as his daughters were not married, his properties went to the hands of his son Jon who is married with a selfish woman that manipulates him to give a small part of his father's money to his sisters and this forces them to live far way in a small cottage. 

It's sad to see how women were treated in the past (only the past?) and how they couldn't stand by themselves and all those girls' wishes had to depend on theirs marriages and the will of the men around them. The only thing that they could hope for themselves was a good marriage that could provide them the opportunity to continue living and being themselves even though they couldn't work or the fact that they would always depend theirs lives on someone else.
I truly wish that Jane Austen could see how far we made and how far we can still go and how fond we still are of her characters and how they continue making us think about the freedom that we have to continue fighting for. 
I've already read Pride and Predujudice and I loved even more, however, I will never forget how Sense and Sensibility's characters made me feel, and how I hoped for their best.


Sense and Sensibility (movie/1995) - I enjoyed this adaptation and Kate Winslet's interpretation of Marianne, one example is how she is equally spoiled and annoying, at least to me and all her "you are not passionate enought" talk can be rude and out place sometimes

Sense and Sensibility (mini series/2008) - As much as I enjoyed the movie from 1995, I have to say that above all, I loved the tv mini series! All the characters and how it was made completed my reading experience in such a way that I would never imagine. If you didn't read the book, I will suggest you to watch while reading. Yes, that's what I said, watch while reading it, due to the fact each episode of the mini series represent one of the parts of the book (In total, there are three parts consequently three episodes). 

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