2009-06-05_054740_sisters - Compare and contrast the...

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Compare and contrast the sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in “Sense and Sensibility” to the sisters, Josephine and Constantia, in “The Daughters of the Late Colonel.” Be sure to consider the personalities and priorities of each sister, how the sisters interact with each other, and what their status is after the death of their fathers. Both ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘The Daughters of the Late Colonel’ have similar backgrounds and family situations in England. These two tales are similar in that both consider the role of sisters, the main characters endure great hardships, and circumstances offer a chance for each set of sisters meet their obstacles in either positive or negative ways. The differences that exist between the two stories, however, can be explained by the personality and character of each set of sisters, which has a dramatic effect on how their lives evolve. The novel “Sense and Sensibility” relates a tale in which the father of two families passes away. Under English law at that time, the eldest son inherited the property of the father. Yet, up until the death of the father, his wife and two daughters lived with him alone in his house. When the son inherits his father’s home, he has no qualms about moving in immediately with his wife and thus providing the mother and daughters with no choice but to leave. With an inheritance of only 500 pounds a year, the wife and two girls are then faced with challenging circumstances, which in the end prove advantageous in that the two sisters’ love for one another blossoms. “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” is also about two sisters, Josephine Pinner (Jug) and Constantine Pinner (Con), whose father, the Colonel, has just died. Both sisters had devoted themselves to caring for their father, who willfully dominates their lives and acts as a bully toward them.
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