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How are women limited by society in Emma?

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In Emma, women are largely limited by fortune and social status. They have less mobility and fewer options than men and are limited to what they must do or can do in order to make a living and remain "decent" women.

For example, Harriet Smith is a young girl who is limited in her prospects because she does not know her parentage and does not have an independent fortune. Harriet is young, pretty, and good natured. However, in order to make any friends in the neighborhood,...

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