Is Emma a Feminist Novel? If so, how?

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On the face of it, there seems to be very little way in which a novel that spends so much of its time poking fun at the central female character because of her belief that she is a matchmaker could be viewed as being feminist in any way. In addition, consider the way in which the ending of the novel features the traditional Austen ending of marriage and happiness, with Emma marrying Mr Knightley and accepting her role as wife. However, reading the text carefully, there are various ways in which Austen comments on the differences between men and women, and how in particular there are...

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