Sense And Sensiblity Paper

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Multiple scenes in the movie enhance the text. When Marianne is sick, there is a striking element of color. Face pale as paper, Elinor lost all color pigment in her face. When Doctor Harris mumbles “I cannot pretend… that you sister’s condition is not very serious... you must prepare yourself” (Lee, Sense and Sensibility) Elinor slowly losing her stern face, becoming frightful with the loss of coloration in her face, it is clear glimpse of her letting down the non-emotional guard she consistently upholds. Elinor pupils dilate when the doctor implies that Marianne isn’t doing as well as he’d like. When the doctor leaves the room Elinor begins to take big gulps with rapid movements of her chest makes it evident that she is breathing deeply and quickly. Elinor mutters to Marianne “Do not leave me alone” (Lee, Sense and Sensibility). This is quite interesting, because earlier in the film, Marianne makes a similar statement about losing Elinor to Edward. Elinor cannot hold back her emotions for which she begins to sob while emphasizing to Marianne “I cannot live without you” while kissing her hand though Marianne cannot hear or feel her. Thompson affirms, “It’s a love story between the two sisters” (Diaries 222). Another element of color, in the same scene is the dark blue dress Elinor is wearing. “Steel blue and dark indigo are colors least associated with sensual and most associated with the intellect of a person” (Bellantoni 82) is in fact reflecting Elinor’s personality. Elinor takes her sister for granted for the majority of the movie and book in the same manner, but in this particular scene, she displays emotion towards Marianne. The room is dull being full of emotions. As Elinor looks out the window in the room the weather outside reflects pathetic fallacy. The weather is rainy and a deep almost charcoal gray which can easily represent Elinor’s worry and despair and/or the impact of Marianne’s sickness.
When Marianne and Elinor are in the act of marrying their men, the scene is full with elements that enhance the novel’s text. Clashing with the movie, Marianne is the only sister that is married at the end. Meanwhile, in the movie the ending results in a double wedding with both sisters “Nor can we rely on Austen to describe weddings. Nevertheless, the film concludes with Colonel Brandon and Marianne’s triumphant emergence from the church, with Elinor and Edward following them, already married” (Stovel). During the wedding joyful and uplifting music is being played. Along with music, the weather is also portrayed stronger in the movie than the text. The weather in this particular scene is again pathetic fallacy due to the fact that both sister’s happiness is portrayed through the sunshine and bright colors reflecting the weather. The weather reflects Colonel Brandon’s happiness along with sisters. Prior in the movie Elinor is told information about a previous relationship he was in. Edward harmonizes the happiness, for which he is marrying the woman he actually loves with his whole heart, and separating from what the females in his family equally desire for him. He chooses love over money. In the entire movie Colonel Brandon wear dark clothing. At the marriage Colonel Brandon is vividly seen wearing a bright red jacket which Bellantoni clearly points out when she writes “the saturated red of his coat visually explodes on the screen which signals that repression is over and a passion is about to begin (88). This scene portrays happiness because Colonel Brandon stands in the carriage, gleefully tossing coins in the air.
In the scene where Marianne is laying on the couch because she hurt her ankle, she shows intense body language that is more potent on screen than on paper. When Colonel Brandon brings her flowers she tells him thank you but clearly does not seem interested. The flowers that he bring are fully and colorful. Marianne tells Sir John “I have no intentions of setting my cap at anyone” (Lee, Sense and…