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Topic Study: Change; How Change Is Represented In "Sense And Sensibility" By Jane Austen, "As I Walked Out One Evening" By W H Auden And "Being John Malkovich" Directed By Spike Jonze?

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Change is an unavoidable concept of modification and alteration perceptible on multiple forms. It affects individuals, their perspectives and the world around them in both constructive and detrimental means. Three texts that represent Change and its effects are the novel "Sense and Sensibility" written by Jane Austen, the poem "As I Walked Out One Evening" composed by W H Auden and the film "Being John Malkovich" directed by Spike Jonze, script written by Charlie Kaufman.Sense and Sensibility is a satirical comedy concerning the two contrasting personalities of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood and how they manage similar situations of love and loss. Elinor embodies Sense; she is rational, possesses self-control and accepts the disappointments of life without hysteria. Marianne represents Sensibility, which is the old fashioned world for sensitivity and the ability to respond to complex emotional influences; giving her an irrational and often hysterical personality. Throughout the novel the Dashwood women combat through the tight social barricades placed upon them due to the social and financial restrictions of females as a consequence of the death of Mr. Dashwood. Austen compares the way Elinor and Marianne respond to the shifting surrounding situations, asking is it better to posses Sense or Sensibility.Austen writes the novel using the naturalistic style that was common throughout the 19th century. Austen is able to convey the novel through the eyes of her female heroine; Elinor, yet also act as the omniscient narrator delivering direct, often burlesque -mocking- social commentary to the responder. Her criticism of Marianne Dashwood's temperament is seen in the quotation "...was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions." This is an Individual change concerning Marianne's realization of the need to withhold her emotions, adding Sense to her character. Elinor consequently changes when she releases her emotions to the surface as seen in; "Elinor could sit no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease". Here we see Elinor mix Sensibility with the conflicting elements of her personality. Austen then halts her argument between which Sense or Sensibility is more favorable to acquire. Using change undertaken by both Elinor and Marianne she demonstrates that it is best to acquire a combination of Sense and Sensibility, as suggested in the title.The novel also presents the deceptive nature of appearances and first impressions. John Willoughby is a prime example of where the first judgments presented by Austen are proved to be deceitful. Willoughby was perceived to be an amiable gentleman, in love with Marianne yet later his short-lived relationship with Miss Williams is discovered. At the conclusion of the novel John Willoughby's reputation is a dishonorable one. Also Colonel Brandon's reputation with the...

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