Sense and Sensibility: The Risk of Being Female
In the traditional view Sense and Sensibility juxtaposes ethical or moral opposites and satirises the novel of sensibility by showing that feeling is a dangerous guide to conduct.1 As a chapter in Jane Austen’s treatment of the ‘drama of woman’, the novel concentrates on the sexual and emotional vulnerability of women in a patriarchal society.
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