Professor Rachel Newberry
14 March, 2013
Emma’s Wrong Doings
“She was vexed beyond what could have been expressed—almost beyond what she could conceal. Never had she felt so agitated, mortified, grieved, at any circumstance in her life. She was most forcibly struck. The truth of his representation there was no denying. She felt it at her heart. How could she have been so brutal, so cruel to Miss Bates!—How could she have exposed herself to such ill opinion in any one she valued! And how suffer him to leave her without saying one word of gratitude, of concurrence, of common kindness” (Austen pg.341)! This passage from Jane Austen’s novel Emma uses many important fictional conventions that are represented throughout the novel. More specifically used are narration, tone, and characters. This passage happens after Mr. Knightley reprimands Emma for the way she treats Miss Bates during their picnic trip to Box Hill. This passage is a point where Emma’s self-understanding, brought out by the remorse she feels about her treatment towards Miss Bates, grows as well as the attachment she is starting to feel towards Mr. Knightley. The emotional moment that Emma experiences is expressed well, but not to the full potential due to the direct narration used unlike other emotional scenes such as Mr. Elton and Mr. Knightley’s proposals. With this type of direct narration we get a sense of Emma’s true feelings and how Austen’s tone is unique at this point. This revelation was possible because of Mr. Knightley being honest with Emma. He is a character that Emma respects and his words truly strike home. This passage is important to the novel because the narration and tone involved illustrates a unique feeling brought on by the characters in the novel. First off the narration in Emma is in third person. This type of narration can tell the audience what each individual character thinks and feels, as well as also contributing to the story with insight and...
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