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Emma by Jean Austen.

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Book Report Title: Emma Author: Jean Austen Pages: 446 Gist: The novel is about Emma Woodhouse who is endowed with wealth, good look and prestige has such a high opinion of her own worth that it blinds her to the opinions of others. She misuses her intelligence as a matchmaker and can't realize her headstrong and self-opinionated willfulness, but Mr. Knightley, Emma's brother-in-law, can see Emma's faults in a way in which the girl herself cannot. Comment: Jane Austen (1775-1817) is regarded as one of the famous British writers. She described her own writings as "a little bit of ivory" and she maintained, "Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on". But readers can find the extraordinary richness of irony and implication in her writings. Her most prevalent theme is the need for men and women to find self-awareness and identity while accepting, out of necessity, the powerlessness and dependency which society so often confers upon them. After reading Emma, I build an insight into and a richer understanding of Jean Austen's individual style, theme and concerns. Emma, first published in 1816, was written when Jean Austen was at the height of her powers. Because there are full of ironies and implications in Emma, so I will analyze them from two aspects: the structure of the dialogue and the place of women. ...read more.

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That is to say Emma is thinking about whether they will fall in love and marry, meanwhile she is aware of Mr. Weston "often thinking about" the same thing. Frank is also aware of his father's expectation, but he is thinking about to use this expectation to cover his real relationship with Jane Fairfax. So we can find that the two characters' thoughts are different which gives me the impression that Frank enjoys tricking others and Emma is silly and na�ve. Then we can look at the later dialogues between Emma and Frank. There are many hidden emotions occurring within the character at the time of the conversations. For example, when Emma finds that Frank is insincere, she is still pleased by what he says. Why? Maybe she wants to please the Westons and to spite Mr. Knightley. Because she argued with him about Frank and they have conflict of views. As to Frank, he uses Emma to cover his true love towards Jane Fairfax. On the surface, they are both satisfied with each other by their dialogues, but the implication of what they say reveals that they just use each other to solve their own problems: Frank wants to keep his secret and Emma, who avoids the issues of love and marriage, thinks about flirting with Frank will be safe. (On the basis of understanding of the whole novel) ...read more.

Conclusion

But in fact, she is glad to be a matchmaker. Harriet's na�ve, pretty personality is a feminine stereotype that, according to Emma, will allow her to "pick and choose". So it gives me the impression that Harriet's femininity is a commodity that will buy her a rich husband. And at last Emma herself falls in love with Mr. Knightley and marries him. So it's an irony. Emma, a girl of 21, is too absorbed in the dangers of matchmaking, which result in several disasters for her friend Harriet and her own continual blindness to the true feelings of the men around her. So, Emma shows a young woman attempting to deny the power of social imperatives. At the same time she denies her own natural feelings, only discovering her own heart after having struggled through bitter experience in order to understand herself. After reading the book and watching the film based on this novel, I feel Emma is silly and spoiled at first, but then, I feel she is funny, well intentioned and sweet. Moreover, there are various characters. Mr. Knightley, in my point of view, acts as not only Emma's neighbour, Emma's brother-in-law, but also her friend, teacher and lover. Mr. Woodhouse and Miss Bates are very ridiculous. Frank Churchill is deceptive. Mr. Elton and Mrs. Elton, who represents society's perpetual desire to be upper class. In addition, the novel gives readers insight into the times, and into Jean Austen's views about society. Emma is both a novel of intense emotional power and a comic masterpiece! ??? ?? 012 7? ...read more.

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