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Adam Santucci Marianne in Modern Society The ideal behavior of women in the nineteenth century is a lot different than what is considered acceptable in today’s society. In the past, women were not necessarily looked upon as strong or entirely capable of taking care of themselves and a lot of their decisions were basically made for them. Also, the sacred vows of marriage were taken on by girls at a young age, though sometimes it wasn’t their choice. In Sense and Sensibility, Marianne’s character is designed against her so that her behavior would be unacceptable or disagreeable in the nineteenth century. The question is though; would her ‘negative’ attributes be viewed as negative today? Most people would agree that the modern model woman is something much stronger and openly passionate than her predecessor. This may apply to grown women, but in Marianne’s case, she would not be considered an adult today and is still a ways off from being at an age that is considered acceptable for people to get married. It is a common stereotype that most teenage girls are overdramatic and emotional which are considered big flaws in Marianne’s personality for her time. From this it can be said that her actions and responses in regard to her obsessive love, which went against the grain in her time, could be more readily received today. Marianne’s outward affection for her lover, Willoughby, was frowned upon by everyone including her own sister, Elinor. Even though she is said to be about seventeen years old, she is expected to keep composure and not show true affection for only him until they are engaged or officially connected. At such a young age it’s hard to imagine any seventeen year old girl today not showing outward affection for their young love. Even though it rarely means that the couple
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