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Emma by Jane Austen
Transcript of Emma by Jane Austen
By Jane Austen Plot Elements Literary Analysis Literary Devices Setting Early 19th century
Emma and Mr. Woodhouse's estate in Highbury, England
Randalls Main Characters Emma Woodhouse Main Character
Lives in Highbury, England with her father, Mr. Woodhouse
Spoiled; get's her way most of the time
Interferes in other peoples business
Mother died when she was very young
Very clever and witty
Thinks too highly of herself Mr. Woodhouse Emma's father
Owner of the Highbury estate
Nervous a lot of the time
Very upset that Miss Taylor married and moved away
Afraid most of the time
Concerned for other peoples health Mr. George Knightley The Woodhouse's good friend
Emma's sister Isabella and Emma's brother in law.
Doesn't approve of Emma trying to play matchmaker
Very fond of Emma
Lives in Donwell Abbey
Friends with the Martin's Harriet Smith Seventeen
No one knows who her parents were/are
New friend of Emma's
Filled Miss Taylor's absence
Emma's next match making project
Likes the farmer Mr. Martin
Refuses to marry Mr. Martin Miss Taylor Now Mrs. Weston
Governess at Mr. Woodhouse estate
Motherly figure to Emma
Married Mr. Weston
Lives in Randall's with Mr. Weston
Has a step-son Frank Churchill Mr. Weston Married to Miss Taylor
Son; Frank Churchill
Married to Miss Churchill who passed away three years into their marriage; Widower Mr. Martin Farmer
Likes Harriet Smith
Not approved by Emma because he isn't a gentlemen
Mr. Knightley owns his estate
Lives at Abbey-Mill Farms Mr. Elton Emma tries to set him up with Harriet
Is more fond of Emma than Harriet
Charming, socially accepted Emma's older sister
Married to Mr. George Knightley's brother John Knightley
Five children hey Made by
Emily Yates Conflict Emma thinks that she can be a match maker
and match anyone up like Mr. Elton and Mrs. Smith.
She's only doing harm and embarrassing herself in the
process. Mr. Knightley and Emma confess their love for each other.
Jane and Frank - almost married
Harriet and Mr. Martin - engaged Themes One major theme is your social status, or how you are known. Emma is constantly trying to tell Harriet that Mr. Martin isn't socially accepted in ways because he isn't a true gentlemen like Mr. Elton or Mr. Knightley. . Imagery Symbols When Emma and Harriet receive the letter from Mr. Elton. They both read it as a symbol that he was wanting to court Harriet Foreshadowing Foreshadowing happened at the end of almost every
chapter. The best example would be at the end of chapter 27 it says that Emma “felt as if the spring would not pass without bringing a crisis, an event, a something to alter her present composed and tranquil state.” You can predict that something bad or a crisis will happen just by what it says, Metaphors Dance is a metaphor for marriage. They can't really judge their man of choice so dancing helps. Dancing with someone is a way of claiming someone as yours.
Letters from someone can judge a person on where they stand socially. When Emma and Harriet got the poem from Mr. Elton, it was cleverly worded. Mr. Elton is considered a fine gentlemen. Allusions Mr. Woodhouse makes a reference to "Kitty, a Fair but Frozen Maid" by David Garrick. Mood The mood is light.
The book itself ends on a happy note. Mr. Knightley & Emma Jane Austen Thesis Point of View The point of view is in third person.
Sometimes it's told in Emma's P.O.V. or how Emma thinks/talks. Talks about Emma Woodhouse.
Nearly 21 Emma describes Harriet as "short, plump, and fair, with a fine bloom, blue eyes, light hair, regular features, and a look of great sweetness..." Jane Fairfax Emma cannot stand her / rival
Marries Frank Churchill
May have had an affair Isabella Knightley's husband
Emma's brother-in-law. Emma Woodhouse is a prime example of someone who shouldn't but into other peoples business. By getting into Harriet Smith and Mr. Elton's business she ended up causing more harm than good. I think this book is saying that you shouldn't try and change someone into what you want them to be. Harriet was driven away from the person she really liked because Emma thought it was best. It was foolish and none of Emma's business just like Mr. Knightley said. Marriage/Courting someone was a big part of life back then.
Marrying the right person could help your social status. Rising Action Climax Falling Action Exposition Miss Taylor moves out and marries Mr. Weston. Mr. Elton confesses his love for Emma. Emma realizes what she did was wrong. Mr. Elton comes back from Bath; engaged. Frank Churchill visits; Emma is fond of him. Emma realizes she loves Mr. Geroge Knightley after Harriet Smith confesses she may love him herself. Resolution Frank Churchill 21
Rich Bascially Miss Taylor's replacement after she gets married. Governess
Lived with Emma
Married Mr. Weston 37 or 38
Good friend of the Woodhouse's Emmas father
way too concered with others health.
Doesn't want Emma to marry. Miss Taylor's husband Old "friend" of Emma's
Marries Frank Churchill
Very pretty In "love" with Emma
Marries Augusta Hawkins Likes Harriet
Farmer Mr. Weston's son from his first marriage
Marries Jane Fairfax Emma gets consent from her father that she can marry. Argument Emma is foolish because she thinks that she can change people to the way she thinks they should be. Reasons Reason 1: It could hurt someone in the long run. Reason 2: It's none of her business. Reason 3: It's embarrassing. 2. Emma persuaded Harriet to turn down Mr. Martin. Hurt him in the long run. 1. Mr. Elton confesses his love for Emma and not Harriet. 1. Emma's father tells her how much he wishes she wouldn't try and match make. 2. Mr. Knightley reprimands her for playing the match making game 1. Emma's plan backfries 2. Irony Emma tries to set up Mr. Elton with Harriet and thinks he is only around because of Harriet but he actually loves Emma. Mr. Elton tells Emma he doesn't love Harriet.