The film and the novel both follow the same strict plot, Emma, the rather arrogant protagonist, fumbles the affairs of various friends and acquaintances because of her meddling, until she eventually finds love—albeit only after realizing that she accidentally forced one of her friends into the arms of the man with whom she now realizes she is in love.
The film does a good job adapting the novel and is set in the appropriate time and place, with gentility and wealth evident in Emma's life and household. However, the film took some liberties with the character of Emma in particular.
Jane Austen notably stated prior to publishing this book that she desired to write a protagonist that few people would like as a person. Emma is noticeably arrogant, stuck up, and busy-bodied—constantly meddling in others' affairs and believing herself to be truly skilled in matchmaking and numerous other endeavors.
The film version of the character is much gentler and kinder. The filmmakers opted to make the...
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