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Emma Teaching Unit
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- Jane Austen commented that Emma is a heroine whom “no one but myself will much like.” By the end of the novel, how do you feel about Emma? Give examples of her behavior that cause you to like or dislike her.
- A number of marriages are described in the novel, and social position rules these unions. Choose two marriages to examine. Detail the elements that make up each person’s social status (i.e., fortune, name, and employment), and then evaluate who gains from the match or if it is relatively equal. Also, evaluate if the union is a happy one.
- Discuss why marriage is so crucially important to women in the scope of the novel.
- Mr. Knightley’s comments foreshadow a number of events and secrets before they are revealed. Describe two of these instances, and how his clearer opinion conflicted with Emma’s.
- How does humor function in Emma? Choose a speech made by Mr. Woodhouse, Miss Bates, or Mrs. Elton. Describe how Austen makes them look foolish. Detail their absurd comments, and contradictions.
- Consider where riddles and word games appear in the novel. How are they symbols for the confusion of social interactions? Specifically, consider the word game Frank and Emma play in Chapter 41.
- Consider the importance of visits in Emma. Discuss what the frequency and length of visits indicate about the two characters’ relationship. Also, consider what the centrality of visits in the novel indicates about women’s lives.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.