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Sense and Sensibility In the novel Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen writes about many different characters The male characters in the novel are interesting Some characters are meant to be liked and some are meant to be disliked Austen even develops some male characters to be ridiculed Characters such as John Dashwood and Robert Ferrars are meant to be disliked and characters such as Sir John Middleton and Colonel Brandon are meant to be liked Characters such as Edward Ferrars and John Willoughby are meant to be ridiculed by the reader There are many different ways in which Jane Austen shows each characters merits and faults Early on in the novel Austen portrays John Dashwood as a passive man At first he is almost pitied by the reader but this is not the portrayal Austen wants the reader to have of John Dashwood His wife controls him and Austen makes that very clear from the very beginning Even though his wife does the controlling she is not the one we ultimately dislike he is The first time the reader is introduced to his true colors is in chapter 2 John Dashwood is talking to his wife Fanny about giving the sisters of the Dashwood household money after their father has passed away She does not think the girls should get anything and she quickly convinces her husband of this as well The reader sees him as weak and feeble-minded He backs down quite easily to her without much of a fight This is the perception the reader gets of John Dashwood a weak scrawny powerless man who allows his wife to control him He is disliked by the reader throughout the novel because of th ese character flaws Austen has created The next character the reader is meant to not only dislike but also ridicule is Edward Ferrars In chapter 3 Austen portrays Edward as not handsome and his manners required intimacy
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