Emma by Jane Austen

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After self-declared success at matchmaking between her governess and Mr. Weston, a village widower, Emma takes it upon herself to find an eligible match for her new friend, Harriet Smith. Elton, the village vicar. Meanwhile, Emma persuades Harriet to reject the proposal of Robert Martin, a well-to-do farmer for whom Harriet clearly has feelings.

Emma, novel by Jane Austen, published in three volumes in SUMMARY: Of all Austen’s novels, Emma is the most consistently comic in tone. It centres on Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy, pretty, self-satisfied young woman who indulges herself with meddlesome and unsuccessful attempts at matchmaking among her friends and a series of humiliating errors, a chastened Emma .

Plot summary[ edit ] Emma Woodhouse has just attended the wedding of Miss Taylor, her lovely friend and former governess , to Mr. Having introduced them, Emma takes credit for their marriage and decides that she likes matchmaking. After she returns home to Hartfield with her father, Emma forges ahead with her new interest against the advice of her sister’s brother-in-law, Mr. Knightley, and tries to match her new friend Harriet Smith to Mr. Elton, the local vicar. First, Emma must persuade Harriet to refuse the marriage proposal from Robert Martin, a respectable, educated, and well-spoken young farmer, which Harriet does against her wishes.

Elton, a social climber, thinks Emma is in love with him and proposes to her. When Emma tells him that she had thought him attached to Harriet, he is outraged. After Emma rejects him, Mr. Elton leaves for a stay at Bath and returns with a pretentious, nouveau-riche wife, as Mr. Harriet is heartbroken, and Emma feels ashamed about misleading her. Weston’s son, arrives for a two-week visit to his father and makes many friends. Frank was adopted by his wealthy and domineering aunt, and he has had very few opportunities to visit before.

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Look again, and you see that within this book there is a very in-depth analysis of the role that these marriages play in society. Gonna Get Married Back in Austen’s era for women marriage was not just an option it was a necessity. Women did not have any power if they were not married, and they could not inherit land. Thus, the Bennett family who only had women were at the mercy of whomever would marry off their daughters. Because they were viewed as a transferrable commodity many things had to fall into place for a woman to be married- looks, talent, abilities, money and social status.

Elizabeth herself criticizes this very limited way of thinking early on in the book when she is with Darcy.

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Themes and analysis[ edit ] Film critics have studied Emma for its depiction of class. In a contribution for the book Literary Intermediality: The Transit of Literature Through the Media Circuit, Lydia Martin noted that unlike the theatrical film starring Paltrow, Davies’ Emma displays a “realistic, or even naturalistic, approach by focusing on the lower classes in which Jane Austen never really took any interest.

Davies provides social context with fleeting scenes of the lower classes in a neutral, educational way — unlike the film Persuasion , Emma does not encourage viewers to identify with the servants. Reception[ edit ] Many reviewers positively compared the TV drama to the feature film starring Paltrow. People ‘s Tom Gliatto found it to be superior to the film, attributing this to Beckinsale’s performance: Beckinsale is vibrantly girlish and romantic.

And she looks smashing in Empire-waist dresses. Paltrow’s, and altogether more believable and funnier. She came to the role well prepared, after playing another socially self-assured comic figure in the recent film Cold Comfort Farm. The actress, Rosenfeld opined, “looks at home in the dresses, cavernous houses and rolling countryside of Austen’s 19th-century England, and yet seems modern in her alertness and in her way of not being intimidated by men.

Her Emma gives you the confidence that any mischief she may get into can probably be undone. The reviewer still praised it for being “natural, faithful and likable,” but criticized Strong as miscast. Davies, remarked the newspaper, “has written a pithy, direct Emma that, unlike his script for Pride and Prejudice, clocks in at a fraction of the time it takes to read the book.

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Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program? Emma, novel by Jane Austen , published in three volumes in It centres on Emma Woodhouse , a wealthy, pretty, self-satisfied young woman who indulges herself with meddlesome and unsuccessful attempts at matchmaking among her friends and neighbours. After a series of humiliating errors, a chastened Emma finds her destiny in marriage to the mature and protective George Knightley , a neighbouring squire who had been her mentor and friend.

Austen said of her fourth published novel that it would contain a heroine no one would like but herself—and as if to prove her wrong, generations of readers have warmed to the flawed protagonist of Emma. The comedy as well as the psychological interest of the novel lies in seeing what happens when people fail to act as she hopes and ordains. She also fails to decipher, until it is almost too late, the nature of her own feelings for Mr.

Some recent readers view the novel as dangerously paternalistic in its intertwining of romance and moral education, but it should be said that Emma is less concerned with teaching a lesson than in exploring the mortifying effects of learning one.

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Send us Feedback Get Help 1. Episode 1 Rich, independent and kind-spirited, Emma Woodhouse has no need to marry, but nothing delights her more than matchmaking those around her. She persuades the pretty Harriet Smith that she is too good for her suitor, the farmer Robert Martin, and encourages her to set her sights higher. But close family friend Mr Knightley warns Emma that her meddling will cause great pain – to both Robert and Harriet.

Although convinced that she herself will never marry, Emma Woodhouse, a precocious twenty-year-old resident of the village of Highbury, imagines herself to be naturally gifted in conjuring love matches. After self-declared success at matchmaking between her governess and Mr. Weston, a village.

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