• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'A woman's place is to be manipulated', Discuss this with regard to the novel Emma.

Extracts from this document...


'A woman's place is to be manipulated', Discuss this with regard to the novel Emma. The regency era was very different to modern society. The position of woman can be seen as the main difference. They had to deal with the restrictions of societies expectations, from this the only reward they could receive, or goal to achieve was to get married and have financial security. Although this did not make them powerless against men, simply disadvantaged as their futures were at stake. Frank is manipulated by his mother. She has a power over him to unconsciously force him to disguise his love of Jane Fairfax. This is proof that some woman had the power to manipulate men as well. But the only woman who could do this would have to be in some considerable power. Although this is not entirely true as Jane also manipulates Frank. She becomes so tired of Franks behaviour that she manipulates him to stop. By threatening him by drastically leaving him to become a governess, he is given a shock and makes it up to her and gets her back. ...read more.


As men were seen to have power and control over the women in society, this enables Frank to take control over the relationship with Jane. By taking power he is acting as the dominant figure but also he is trying to cover up their relationship. This is done when he sends her the pianoforte and creates suspicion amongst the other characters, again showing the male dominance in the patriarchal Regency society. Another example of Franks mistreating Jane and Emma is Frank's behaviour at Box Hill. Frank continues to flirt very obviously with Emma. This causes Emma to misread his feelings. This is manipulative as Emma's feelings are being played with by Frank. Here he is also treating Jane very cruelly. Jane is obviously distressed by his spiteful behaviour. Mr Knightley's manipulation over Emma is also apparent in the novel. Mr Knightley's role in the novel is as Emma's educator. However his educating can be seen as manipulation of Emma to make her do the right thing. After Emma goes through agnorisis and her education is practically complete. ...read more.


Knightley's interference is evident at Box Hill, Mr Knightley reprimands her when she behaves inappropriately to Miss Bates. Also Mr Knightley tries to educate her further on how society operates in terms of marrying within class boundaries when she tries to match Mr Elton and Harriet. It may be observed that Mr Knightley is educating Emma and guiding her through life. However it could also be perceived as him moulding her to form a respectable and well acknowledged woman. There can be a comparison with Frank's manipulative behaviour and Mr. Knightley's. Frank's manipulation can be seen as quite harsh compared to Mr Knightley's in relation to the side effects. However Mr Knightley does relate to Frank in manipulating Emma as well, though for different reasons. Therefore we understand from this that Men did manipulate woman and it was a regular occurrence. However woman could also manipulate men and in some cases this disregards their power, class and wealth. I personally do not think that it could be someone's place to sit still and be manipulated, we understand that neither can Jane as she fights her manipulation. A woman would not simply accept a place of manipulation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lizzie Havercroft ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    Nature, however, has returned to fill these holes, replacing absence with life. Such an image reflects the spiritual death and rebirth of the villa's inhabitants, the way they learn to live again after the emotional destruction of war. Every four days she washes his black body, beginning at the destroyed feet...Above the shins the burns are worst.

  2. Trying To Find No Place

    In A Clockwork Orange the main character, Alex leads his life of crime knowing that nothing bad will come happen to him, because he has his droogies behind him. Not only his close circle, but also people around the town willing to create an alibi for him and his friends.

  1. Structure of the Novel The Mayor of the Casterbridge

    First person's point of view allows us to get into his mind and know his motives and nature. We find that Henchard is essentially weak through his will at the end of the novel. It is arguable that during his life he is harshly aggressive towards people.

  2. Discuss the 'Fallen Woman' as a Familiar Feature of Victorian Writing

    Love seems to be the reason for all the girls to become 'impure'. Tess states (385) that she killed Alec D'Urberville because she owed it to him and because he called Angel 'a foul name' (386). Love does not even seem to become apparent in Mary Barton though; Mary wishes

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work