A didactic reading is one that draws a moral lesson from a work. A non-didactic reading of Jane Austen's Emma would be one that does not draw a moral lesson from the work. There are many types of non-didactic readings including New Critical, historicist, New Historicist, structuralist, and post-structuralist. Any reading focusing on the aesthetic components of the work, such as narrative voice, prose style, or plot structure would be non-didactic. Linguistic approaches looking at the use of free indirect discourse are non-didactic as are ones which read the novel to understand the gender roles of the period.