Flighty - Netflix

Mon 24 June 2019

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Flighty is a comedy about millennial flight attendants searching for adventure, romance and meaning in their lives.

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: None

Flighty - Elinor Dashwood - Netflix

Elinor Dashwood is a fictional character and the protagonist of Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility. In this novel, Austen analyses the conflict between the opposing temperaments of sense (logic, propriety, and thoughtfulness, as expressed in Austen's time by neo-classicists), and sensibility (emotion, passion, unthinking action, as expressed in Austen's time by romantics). In this conflict, Elinor, a reserved, practical, and thoughtful young woman who embodies the “sense” of the title, is juxtaposed to her flighty younger sister Marianne who embodies “sensibility”. Elinor appears to be vaguely based on the author's older sister, Cassandra Austen.

Flighty - Description of her character - Netflix

“My doctrine has never aimed at the subjection of the understanding. All I have ever attempted to influence has been the behavior...I am guilty, I confess, of having often wished you to treat our acquaintance in general with greater attention; but when have I advised you to adopt their sentiments or conform to their judgment in serious matters?”

Elinor is described as possessing a coolness of judgement and strength of understanding which qualifies her to be her mother's frequent counsellor, and sometimes she shows more common sense than her mother, whose judgment is shown to be flawed by her exaggerated notions of romantic delicacy. Austen describes Dashwood as “the comforter of others in her own distress, no less than theirs”. Her mother is more often preoccupied with Marianne and her problems. Although Austen writes that Elinor's feelings are just as passionate and deep as Marianne's, she knows how to govern them better, as she is more aware of the demands society makes upon women and more prepared to compromise. The American scholar Susan Morgan called Dashwood the “moral center” of the novel, having “both deep affections and the willingness to control the desires of her own heart for the sake of the people she loves”. A central problem in the novel, as in other Austen novels, is that of knowing people, as people either don't reveal their true feelings and/or one's powers of observation could only be extended so far. Dashwood's response to this problem is simply to wait until time reveals the true character of the people she encounters. Unlike her younger sister, Elinor knows that social conventions are to a certain extent dishonest as people engage in polite lies, and she does not take them at face value, giving her better judgement. Despite her reserved and self-disciplined nature, Elinor “feels more” than her sister. Through Elinor makes mistakes in judging people as with Mrs. Jennings, her awareness of her own flaws allows her to learn from her mistakes. She is described as having a delicate complexion, regular features, and a remarkably pretty figure—although less striking than Marianne, more “correct”—which Austen uses as a good overall summary of their characters as well as their physical appearance. She is more polite than Marianne, though her repugnance towards vulgarity and selfishness is quite equal; and thus she can “really love” the rather vulgar but good hearted Mrs. Jennings, and be civil to people Marianne would be repulsed by—even people like Lucy Steele. Elinor's politeness not only reflects good manner, but also a concern for the feelings others. Elinor says “my doctrine has never aimed at the subjection of understanding” and “it is my wish to be candid in my judgement of everybody”. Elinor's concern with decorum reflects her understanding that politeness offers a way for others to become more understanding of her as he becomes more understanding of them. Unlike her sister, Elinor's way of understanding the world is based upon careful observation of the character of others instead of fixed maxims or impulsive emotionism. Elinor is not a fixed character, but rather one who constantly evolves while remaining true to her values. Morgan argued that the key moments for Austen heroines is when they are able to think beyond their immediate concerns to view others with “disinterested sympathy” to see them as they really are. In this regard, Morgan argued that for Austen, the purpose of politeness when she created the character of Dashwood is to enforce social norms, but a way of understanding the world, to cover uncertainties and sudden vicissitude which occur in life. Unlike Marianne who is devoted to the popular writers of the Romantic age like Sir Walter Scott and William Cowper, Elinor is not caught up in the enthusiasm for the Romantic writers and teases her sister for her love of William Gilpin, who promoted the cult of the “Picturesque”, of seeking out beautiful landscapes to admire. Elinor finds her sister excessive in her love of the Romantic writers and believes that she is self-consciously modelling herself after a doomed Romantic heroine to her own demerit. The British scholar Robert Irvine argued that popular dichotomy between the reserved Elinor vs. her more passionate sister Marianne is to a certain extent mistaken, for the two sisters have as much in common as divides them, with for instance, both the Dashwood sisters represent “feeling” against their selfish and greedy half-brother John. Irvine wrote the real divide between the Dashwood sisters is that Marianne favors the sort of openness she has with her family with outsiders whereas Elinor does not. At one point, Elinor draws a line between someone's ability to feel emotions, which are described in the novel as “the heart” vs. the ability to be presentable in polite society, saying “Through I think very well of Mrs. Jennings' heart, she is not a woman whose society can afford us pleasure, or whose protection will give us consequence”. Later, Elinor explains her values to Marianne as:

Elinor criticizes Marianne for her “sincerity” not in itself, but rather because Marianne makes no effort to hide her feelings, despite the pain she sometimes causes others, which makes her “sincerity” a type of selflessness for Elinor. The novel described Elinor's character as: “She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as with regards and so fresh, it was possible for them to be”. Irvine noted that if the similarities between the Dashwood sisters is sometimes overlooked by readers, it is because the novel is largely told from their viewpoint, which led Austen to highlight the differences to give her characters different voices. Irvine points out when Lady Middleton reflects on the Dashwood sisters, she sees them as more similar than different with the novel telling the reader that Lady Middleton thinks:

Flighty - References - Netflix


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