Literary Analysis of Emma

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Composition 2 Individual Work week 3

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Literary Analysis of Emma
Jane Austen’s Emma
Deborah Simones

Emma was an independent woman who stood her ground as she tried to stand tall in the upper class society that she belonged to. She made it a point to help those that she felt needed help when it came to love and marriage. She thought that she was very accomplished at being a matchmaker. She never intended to cause harm or illusion just pleasure and self-fulfillment. Austen portrayed her as confident, not selfish and showed how a person could grow individually. Even though Emma was strong willed and strong minded she had a lot of growing up to do. She had to learn how to love and to let love in. In the end, the Emma who was always in control of her feelings did what she finally felt was right and accepted it.

Emma fell in love. It was new to her and she quickly had to adjust. At first she felt that since she was an independent woman that she did not need to marry. She honestly believed she did not need a man to take care of her financially so she had no desire to marry. At one time she felt that she was in love with Frank Churchill but realized these were not honest feelings. She found herself constantly contradicting herself about him. Love is not love if it is doubted. His flattering her kept her interested but only for a short time. She even grew concerned of his lack of interest in her “she had no doubt to his being less in love but neither his agitated spirits nor his hurrying away, seemed like a perfect cure; and she was rather inclined to think it implied a dread of her returning power, and a discreet resolution of not trusting himself with her long” (206). She wanted to know what it was like to be in love and to have that love returned. She thought that she could get that from Mr. Churchill but she was wrong. They could only be friends since he was secretly engaged to another. It was when she was at the Ball and Mr. Churchill was gone...
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