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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.
"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..
`After Mr. Elton’s rejection we have started to see instances of Emma becoming more mature and less narrow minded. At the start of the novel Emma was not able to see any other opinion besides her own or comprehend much how her actions were affecting others. In this particular quote Emma is referring to leading on Frank Churchill, whom Emma is convinced is in love with her. In her note not to lead on Frank Churchill Emma shows that she has learned from her mistake with Mr. Elton. She also reveals a knowledge of herself with the phrase “on my guard” which has the effect of showing how Emma realizes that she is capable to lead men on without being fully conscious of doing so. I found this quote particularly notable because it is one of the rare instances in which we see any growth from Emma as a character.
"The first effort, and the worst, lay at her door. It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious — a trick of what ought to be simple. She was quite concerned and ashamed, and resolve to do such things no more" (100).
Taken-aback by Elton’s confession of love, Emma reflects on her actions and their affect on others. This is the first instance that Emma does any self-evaulation, marking her development as a character. Emma is able to admit her wrongdoing in trying to matchmake couples, and realizes that any existing relationship between Harriet and Elton is largely due to her manipulation. Saying that, “It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious — a trick of what ought to be simple,” Emma illustrates how courtship should be based on the pure affection between two people. However, her statement reeks of irony because in the case of the novel, relationships and marriage are largely based on wealth and status, as opposed to the impulses of true love.
"Mr. Martin is a very respectable young man, but I cannot admit him to be Harriet’s equal" (44)."
In Emma’s discussion with Mr. Knightly regarding her friendship with Harriet, Emma tries to defend herself against Mr. Knightly’s accusation of her manipulation in Harriet’s act of rejecting Mr. Martin’s courtship. Emma states that Mr. Martin is not Harriet’s equal, trying to argue that she has a higher standard for Harriet. Emma has a preconceived notion of Harriet’s position in society and intends to execute her plan for her, even if that means destroying Harriet’s potential happiness with Mr. Martin. Emma is blinded by her ideal vision of Harriet and completely ignores Harriet’s wishes.