Jane Austen's "Emma" - A Character Analysis Analytical Essay

A look at the character of Emma in Jane Austen's work of that name.
# 150556 | 854 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | KE
Published on Mar 07, 2012 in Literature (English)

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This paper presents an in-depth character analysis of Emma, the protagonist in Jane Austen's novel of the same name. First, the paper gives a brief overview of the plot. The paper then delves into Emma's nature, both her good traits and foibles. In particular, the paper highlights Emma's meddling behavior and her inability to recognize and change this. According to the paper, Emma has a static nature that keeps her from appreciating that everyone has a right to their own opinions. The paper also cites examples of Emma's insensitivity to others. The paper concludes by noting that Emma's static nature almost prevented her from marrying the man she loved.

From the Paper:

"Static and somewhat uncreative; Emma is not prepared to adapt to change or compromise her principles for the sake of others (Millar and Machichan 56). For instance, even though her neighbour Mr. Knightly warns her of her 'meddling' behavior, she doe not take heed. She blandishes herself that she is the person behind the matching of Miss Taylor and Mr. Weston. She goes to meddle with Harriet's affairs who gives in to her advances. She says to Harriet, "I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to "Yes," she ought to say "No" directly'" (Austen 47). This is a true depiction of her static nature. She lays down rules and everyone has to follow them. Her static nature comes out clearly through the description that the author gives her, "She did not always feel so absolutely satisfied with herself, so entirely convinced that her opinions were right and her adversary's wrong, as Mr. Knightley" (Austen 23). If Emma were creative and dynamic, she would at least understand other people and ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aiken, Lorraine. "Emma." 2009. Web. 4 Dec. 2009.http://www.reviewstream.com/reviews/?p=951
  • Austen, Jane. "Emma." Banes and Noble classics: New York, 2001
  • Austen-Leigh, Edward. "A Memoir of Jane Austen." 1926. Ed. R. W. Chapman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967.
  • DailyLit. "Emma." 2009. Web. 4 Dec. 2009. http://www.dailylit.com/books/emma/1
  • Millar, Martin and Mackichan, Doon. "Jane Austen's Emma." 2001. Web. 4 Dec. 2009.http://books.google.co.ke/books?id=bEkRhW1Dm44C&dq=Emma+by+Jane+Austen&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=_Lipp2gRJk&sig=m6X7qBtSpCwwUmDnU5ZXaL_ZMJ4&hl=en&ei=daYYS7bTN6KqjAeysen7Aw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=13&ved=0CC8Q6AEwDA#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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