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The relationship between Emma and Harriet is an interesting one. They certainly have a friendship of sorts, but they do not meet as equals. Both Emma and Harriet seem aware of the power imbalance,...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 11:23 am UTC

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Though formally hired as Emma's governess, Miss Taylor, or Mrs. Weston as she later becomes, acts as more of an older sister towards her young charge. Among other things, this means that Miss...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2018 10:12 am UTC

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Social class is a very important theme in the book, as it is in all of Jane Austen's works. Regency England was a very hierarchical society with clear boundaries between the respective classes. And...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 9:52 am UTC

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The setting of Emma is the village of Highbury and its environs, where Emma has lived her entire life. Major settings within or near Highbury include Hartfield, the grand home Emma shares with her...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 1:25 pm UTC

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Jane Austen's Emma demonstrates various forms of irony, often with the character of Emma herself. At various points in the novel, Emma and situations in which she finds herself reveal verbal,...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 2:26 am UTC

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The moral code that is clearly the message of this witty yet thoughtful novel points to the dangers of trusting in our instincts and imagination rather than in the facts of the situation. What...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 6:46 am UTC

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The climax of Jane Austen's novel Emma can be found towards the ending chapters, namely chapter 45. It is the moment when, after a rough encounter with Mr. Knightley, she realizes that she has...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011 4:20 am UTC

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Something that is didactic is something that intends to purposefully instruct with moral instruction. One step further, a didactic piece of literature intentionally subordinates aesthetic qualities...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 4:49 pm UTC

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The novel's setting has the biggest impact on Emma, through whose eyes we see the story. The novel is placed entirely in Highbury and the adjoining Hartfield, where Emma and her father live, as...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 5:57 pm UTC

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There are many examples which show the themes of love and marriage in the novel Emma. Emma considers herself to be a skilled matchmaker. She seeks to make those around her happy by finding them a...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 5:52 am UTC

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The overall tone of Emma is ironic, but within that, it is also sympathetic and comic. At the end of the novel, the tone is romantic. Emma is filled with situational irony (which is when events...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 12:45 am UTC

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Jane Austen's novel Emma is written in the third person. Although the narrator is omniscient, we are generally restricted to Emma's point of view, and therefore, like Emma herself, the readers...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012 2:00 am UTC

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Humor is the term used to refer to what is funny, that which makes us smile or laugh. In literature, it often is shown in exaggeration or hyperbole. Some situations are so outrageous or...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017 11:17 pm UTC

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Jane Austen's novel Emma has a central character criticized as sheltered and overly concerned with status, place, and marrying well, all the things well off women were supposed to be and do. In her...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 12:15 pm UTC

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Emma is round a character for two reasons. First, she has many facets to her character and personality. She has likable traits and many flaws, just as a real person does. Second, she is rounded...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 4:15 am UTC

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An example of gender stereotyping is provided by the relationship between Emma and Mr. Knightley. Mr. Knightley is presented as unfailingly calm, rational, and sensible, in contrast to Emma's...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 6:39 am UTC

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Though Emma discusses her reasons for never marrying in a couple of places throughout Austen's novel, a neat encapsulation of it occurs in Chapter 31, or Chapter XIII of Volume II. Emma is...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 10:01 am UTC

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Miss Bates in Jane Austen's Emma keeps up a constant stream of conversation, and this drives Emma crazy. The novel doesn't specifically explain why Miss Bates talks all the time, but it does give...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 12:45 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 5:58 pm UTC

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Emma is a snob because of the manner in which she treats others. She is condescending toward Miss Bates (a kindhearted but eccentric spinster) and ends up reducing Miss Bates to tears because of...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010 2:53 am UTC

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One thing that can help in understanding this passage is that Jane Austen the author chose not to marry, and when she wrote this passage was already 39 years old: certainly the sign of an "old...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011 6:30 am UTC

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The typical coming-of-age novel tends to focus on a person even younger than Miss Emma Woodhouse. She is only twenty-one, which is certainly plenty youthful, but she is not exactly a child in the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 5:46 pm UTC

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Jane Austen's politics are highly contested (was she high Tory or secret radical sympathizer: see Marilyn Butler on Austen as Tory and the new book by Helena Kelly: Jane Austen: The Secret Radical...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2016 4:09 pm UTC

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In the first sentence of Emma, Austen says that her heroine is beautiful, smart, and wealthy and has a good personality and that she has lived her 21 years without much to disturb her. The first...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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We are at the start of Jane Austen's novel, Emma. Austen is introducing the character of Emma Woodhouse, who is: handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 7:26 pm UTC

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Mr. Knightley tells Emma quite forcefully that whatever she might think, Mr. Elton will not marry Harriet. First, he notes that Harriet is the illegitimate daughter of nobody-knows-who. Being...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 6:39 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 6:03 am UTC

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This is a big question, but in brief, through her depiction of the village of Higbury as seen through Emma Woodhouse's eyes, Austen offers a sharp outline of class distinctions in Regency society...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 7:57 pm UTC

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The setting in Emma is important to the novel as it represents a microcosm of society at the time. Each social class from the landed gentry (Mr Knightley) to the poor have their place. The...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2013 1:05 pm UTC

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Romance and marriage are definitely topics in Emma. In the nineteenth century when Emma was published, women had very few opportunities to earn money to support themselves; there were very few jobs...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 2:58 am UTC

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Emma matures as a result of the events surrounding the trip to Box Hill and the word games. She begins to understand her place in the community and how privileged she is, learning from her...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 12:04 am UTC

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It is relevant, for in this scene, Emma, for the first time ever, genuinely regrets being cruel to Miss Bates. She makes a public joke at Miss Bates's expense, implying that is rare for Miss Bates...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019 6:24 pm UTC

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Gossip in Jane Austen’s Emma is how information is circulated and how perceptions are constructed throughout the novel. Austen provides ample entertainment by satirizing a social circle of landed...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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You are correct when you suggest that you need to materially alter the plot to develop a different ending. The way Austen constructs her novel, there is no ending but the one she has written. There...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2013 12:30 am UTC

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Emma by Jane Austen is a book almost entirely focused on the education or maturation of Emma Woodhouse, its eponymous heroine. At the beginning of the novel, Emma is portrayed as a clever and...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017 9:11 am UTC

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The reason Mrs. Elton amuses rather than disgusts or irritates, for that matter, is precisely because of Jane Austen's ironical approach to drawing her character in Emma. This is well...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2011 1:05 am UTC

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Central to understanding this excellent and witty novel is recognising the very different way in which marriage was though of in Austen's day. Marriage was linked inextricably to social status....

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012 9:15 am UTC

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Emma is, in part, a critique of upperclass women's education. More than one scholar has traced Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women, a work which argues for better education...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 10:55 am UTC

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Emma is filled with important quotes, and various readers will pick and rank various quotes differently; however, I think a safe bet is to pick quotes that highlight particular themes in the book...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 6:01 pm UTC

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The strangest connection between marriage partners and social status is in that between Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill. Jane is the daughter of Miss Bates's sister, who was Mrs. Bates's younger...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 4:16 am UTC

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Irony is shown when Emma considers her attraction to Mr. Churchill. She is such a match maker toward Harriet that it is ironic she can't tell when she herself is in love. This irony is compounded...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2010 9:40 am UTC

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Jane Austen's Emma is, like most of her novels, a strongly-stated commentary on the social mores of the time. One of the strongest themes is that of integrity. Emma conducts herself with integrity...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2013 5:15 pm UTC

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To answer this, it is necessary to clarify historical time periods. Jane Austen lived the first part of her life (1775-1817) during the reign of King George III, the King against whom the American...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012 12:55 pm UTC

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Austen presents many layers of social status in each of her novels, and Emma and Pride and Prejudice are no exceptions. One of the most memorable representations of social status in Emma is where...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011 9:49 am UTC

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Cultural criticism is a branch of theory that takes culture and context as its defining quality. When exploring this novel through the lenses of cultural criticism, we therefore need to be aware of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2012 6:25 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018 9:47 pm UTC

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The character of Emma is introduced in such a way that she might be considered a reluctant heroine. The narrator, who possesses Austen's ironic voice, says: Emma Woodhouse, ... seemed to unite...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 10:40 am UTC

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While Emma performs the act of matchmaking (or tries to), the social convention of matchmaking seems to at the forefront of the text as well. After all, society dictates that certain pairings in...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2009 5:53 am UTC

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The story is told from the point of view of Emma Woodhouse, a rich, snobbish (but in the end lovable) young woman whose life is upended as the novel begins with the marriage of her governess Miss...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 3:18 pm UTC

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Marxist criticism and Cultural criticism address what is not in the text, what the text hides or neglects to say. Compare this to Structural criticism that addresses what is exactly in the text:...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012 10:05 pm UTC

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