Conditional Love in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility: A Tale of Romance? Comparison Essay

Conditional Love in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility: A Tale of Romance?
This paper looks at Ang Lee's film adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen and its theme of love.
# 147992 | 3,782 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 19, 2011 in Literature (English) , Women Studies (General) , Film (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)


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Description:

This paper investigates whether Ang Lee's movie version of Jane Austen's classic "Sense and Sensibility" is actually a true depiction of a romance, as it is normally perceived. Austen's novel actually reveals that love in the story is not unconditional. It discusses the various viewpoints and interpretations the film took in comparison tot he book.

From the Paper:

"Love. It is an emotion that is hard to precisely define or capture. Despite its abstractness, it can generally be viewed as a profoundly passionate affection and fondness towards another person without ulterior conditions. Scores of paintings, music, and artistic mediums have tried to capture its essence. It is even at the core of many films and has become its own genre, romance. Among other Jane Austen-inspired films, it is also fully explored in Ang Lee's 1996 adaptation of her classic Sense and Sensibility. In Lee's film, Elinor Dashwood remarks to her younger sister Marianne, "[it] is bewitching in the idea that one's happiness depends entirely on one person; it is not always possible." By the conclusion of the film, Elinor--and the audience--reverse this pessimistic outlook and are convinced that it is always possible because the pair, despite the odds, do find their happiness through love."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "About the Romance Genre." Romance Writers of America. 11 November 2011. Web. 30 April 2011.
  • Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York: Oxford, 2004.
  • Blake, Richard A. "Plain Jane." America 174.8 (1996): 20-21. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text. EBSCO. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.
  • Cramer, Barbara. "Film reviews." Films in Review 47.3/4 (1996): 65. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text. EBSCO. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.
  • Daly, Steve. "Sin and `sensibility.'." Entertainment Weekly 309 (1996): 16. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text. EBSCO. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

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