However it could be argued that this novel is based more around he courtship aspect of a relationship as all the time in this novel is spent describing the courting of all the young, single women in the novel and the marriages are described in little to no detail and the writing by Austin almost seems to have been rushed. There is evidence in the novel to suggest that Hue’s statement can be perceived as being correct. Austin explores the idea that at this time in England marriage was more akin to a political, social, and economic alliance between families.
When two people decide to get married, it was not Just between the two lovers – it was between them, their parents, their siblings and their friends. In “Sense and Sensibility’ characters like Fanny Dashboard, Lucy Steele, Robert Fearers and Willoughby view marriage in this way, whereas the Dashboard girls, their mother, Colonel Brandon and to an extent Edward Fearers seen marriage as something that is to be shared between two people that love each other and whether they are of a “good breed” as Fanny Dashboard alludes to in the novel or their economic situation has no bearing n the matter.
However there is much evidence in the text to suggest that Hue’s statement is false and the subject is mainly based on the courting of the young women in the novel, in this instance mainly Eleanor and Marianne Dashboard. The whole novel barring the final two chapters are used by Austin to introduce and describe the courting of the eldest two Dashboard girls but there marriages are only talked about in minute detail and if not read precisely may even be missed by some readers. In the movie, Nag Lee also only Just touches on Eleanor and Margarine’s marriages to Edward and Colonel Brandon respectively.
Austin puts more emphases on courtship through the characterization of characters like Lucy Steele. Lucy is portrayed to the audience as being incapable of showing her sincere feelings; this idea is proven when it becomes evident that she has married Robert Fearers not Edward even though she confessed her deep love for Edward Jane Austin Concentrates on Courtship not Marriage in Sense and Sensibility By committing s to be married to but only with the benefits that will come with marrying someone off higher class.
Statute’s development of key relationships in the novel also suggests that she places more importance on the courtship aspect of the relationship. This is shown by the fact that even though Marianne and Willoughby are so open about their feelings towards each other and they do not even end up together. The opposite can be said about Eleanor and Edward as they are totally reserved with their feelings and can barely even express them to each other let alone to their friends or family. This is the couple that ends up together.
These two contrasting endings for the very different couples prove that even though Austin places huge amounts of importance the couples it was not vital to how the novel played out which is proof that she stresses the importance of courtship over marriages. Margarine’s marriage to Colonel Brandon proves to the reader that the role of courtship in the novel is more important than marriages. The marriage between these two is barely foreshadowed by the author and comes as a surprise to the reader.
Although they ultimately get married Austin does not even write about any aspect of the proposal and barely touches on their marriage. She spends all of the time describing Brandy’s courtship of Marianne rather than their engagement. Although it could be argued that Hue’s critical view of Statute’s writing is correct, there is more evidence to suggest that Austin stresses that the courtship aspect of the relationship is more important than the marriage. Austin thorough description of the courting of the girls and the feeble amount of detail compounds these ideas.