Sense and Sensibility

Marianne means what she says at the time, but her creator, Jane Austen, is using the statement ironically. In what way does Austen intend Marianne’s statement ironically? How has Marianne’s view of love changed by the end of the novel, and what has change

1. Early in the novel, Marianne tells Elinor her ideal of romantic love: · I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter into all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both. Marianne means what she says at the time, but her creator, Jane Austen, is using the statement ironically. In what way does Austen intend Marianne’s statement ironically? How has Marianne’s view of love changed by the end of the novel, and what has changed it?

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