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Through a majority of the novel Emma never considers the feelings of others and believes everything she says is correct. By doing so she closes off the rest the world’s opinions (except Mr. Knightely of course) just like the bud of a flower. Suddenly, Mr. Knightely, like the spring season, comes around and gets Emma to think and open up to the fact that she is sometimes wrong. After the Box Hill incident, Emma realizes her pushiness toward others and changes in a beautiful flower.
“Now there would be great pleasure in her returning; everything would be a pleasure; it would be a great pleasure to know Robert Martin” (347).
I think this quote is a good example of how much Emma has changed in the novel and emphasizes her newly found maturity. It is an example of free indirect discourse in Emma’s point of view. It states that she is happy to have Harriet returning, which is evidence of true feelings towards Harriet, showing that Emma cares for her as a true friend and no longer treats her like a pawn. It also says that Emma would enjoy meeting Robert Martin. Not only does Emma wants to meet Robert Martin, but is happy about his and Harriet’s union. Emma shows no sign of being angry that she was wrong in the first place about their relationship. This quote also indicates how in love and happy Emma is by the repetition of “pleasure.” How cute! In the end, Emma truly matured and found love.
“She felt that, in quitting Donwell, he must be sacrificing a great deal of independence of hours and habits…”
In this quote, Emma is thinking about having Mr. Knightley move into her house rather than his and she starts to feel bad about him leaving all his possessions. I chose this quote because it shows how much Emma has changed, how Mr. Knightley goes against all conventions, and the complete irony of the statement. Emma has changed from not caring about the feelings of others to her trying to work out situations to accommodate their emotions. She even sends Harriet away to London so that she will not have to bear the pain of the loss of Mr. Knightley. The fact that she is concerned about Mr. Knightley giving up his independence to be with her shows her development. Even though she is concerned about his feelings, Mr. Knightley shows no apprehension about moving in with her which just gives the reader more evidence of his unusualness in their society. Usually it is proper for a woman to move in with her husband when they get married, not the other way around. Mr. Knightley has been very different in his opinions about Frank Churchill, Harriet Smith and Jane Fairfax but he has always been right. He is a very unconventional man but that just adds more to his attractiveness as a character. The statement is also very ironic because Emma has always avoided marriage because she does not want to give up her independence to a man, but in this situation it is her husband that gives up his independence. Instead of Emma losing “everything”, it’s Mr. Knightley that sacrifices his independence. Poor Mr. Knightley.
After finishing the novel Emma, once one has gotten over the charming Mr. Knightley and the change that Emma has been through. And everyone is now happily married, or in Mrs. Eltons case has made a very uncomfortable bed and now must sleep in it. I must start to question Mr. Knightley and how he fell in love with Emma. This happened when she was 13 years of age, so there is a significant age difference between the two. Also Mr. Knightley was a great friend of her father, but throughout the book he would be left alone with Emma to talk. Looking at this relationship from the view of a 21st century teenager I would be a bit sketched out if my fathers’ friends kept hitting on me, and one day told me they were in love with me.
If this what society now thinks of relationships that at one time period were acceptable? How have we changed from the days of Emma in our problems with different ages? Does ages really matter, if not why are there laws in place that make it such a big deal?
“Harriet, necessarily drawn away by her engagements with the Martins, was less and less at Hartfield, which was not to be regretted. The intimacy between her and Emma must sink; their friendship must change into a calmer sort of good-will; and, fortunately, what ought to be, and must be, seemed already beginning, and in the most gradual, natural manner.”
Emma allows society’s strict social distinctions to influence her relationships with Harriet. Knowing of the identity of Harriet’s father as a tradesman, Harriet loses a sense of nobility and esteem in Emma’s eyes, along with the rest of society. Emma’s acceptance of withdrawing and distancing herself from Harriet reveals Emma’s submission to the expectations of society and her value of social norms. Emma takes their friendship for granted and easily accepts that their differing social positions mean that they must give put their intimacy. Showing no signs of rejection to their disassociation suggests that the need to adhere to social conventions overwhelms the affection that Emma has for Harriet. -Kelsey McCormick
Why do we tend to sympathize with Emma over Mrs. Elton? Do you think that Jane Austen is trying to humanize the role of the society lady or show that all humans have redeeming qualities? Do you think that Emma and Mrs. Elton are more alike than they are different? Why do we find both girls so annoying when we have admitted to preform similar tendancies? Just some food for thought..
“Young ladies should take care of themselves. Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their complexion” (214).
Though Mr. Woodhouse is primarily concerned with Jane’s health when he utters this quote it does correlate to a task women face in today’s society, the chore of being beautiful. On average, it takes a woman 15 minutes to an hour and a half to get ready in the morning, meanwhile it takes a mere 20 seconds for a man to throw on a pair of trousers and a tie. We, as women, are expected to apply makeup, flawlessly shape our hair and wear chic, uncomfortable clothing, while it is acceptable for men to lounge around in sweatpants all day. The comparison of a young ladies to delicate plants makes the male position on the issue clear, like a beautiful flower a woman must remain stationary and appear gorgeous at all times. In my opinion, Mr. Woodhouse’s view of women is completely appropriate for the time period but if a man today described our gender as delicate flowers who “should take care of their health and their complexion” I would slap him for setting feminism back fifty years.
(This quote plus the rest of this paragraph; Chapter 26)
This is one of the first real dialogues we get to see of Frank and his interactions with Emma in a social setting. When I first read this, it seemed that Emma and Frank were made for each other (seeing how easily they belittle people and talk ill of them behind their backs). However, as the book has progressed, we see Emma slowly begin to grow and find out who she is. We’ve also learned that Frank is actually involved in some form of romance with Jane Fairfax (the young lady he is insulting in this quote). So, looking back, I view Frank as a sneaky player who says things to Emma to please her. He is trying to play the field by making Emma happy (he continues on to insult Jane’s dancing in order to praise Emma for hers). I contrasted this to Emma’s insulting manner. Emma appears to do it in a far more genuine way (if it’s possible to insult someone genuinely…) and less agenda-oriented. Frank is saying these things to please someone else and appear falsely to Emma. Emma says rude things because she believes them and finds her opinion important enough to share. This makes me respect Emma more because at least her insults are her real feelings and not for anyone else’s pleasure but her own.