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?