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

".....Emma had very early forseen how useful she might find her..." How does this evocation fit with your reading of the relationship between Emma and Harriet?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"...Emma had very early foreseen how useful she might find her...; a Harriet Smith, one whom she could summon at any time for a walk, would be a valuable addition to her privileged." How does this evocation fit with your reading of the relationship between Emma and Harriet? The above quote epitomises the way Emma feels about Harriet at the beginning of the book, Emma. Jane Austen manages to show us Emma's view without using speech allowing the reader to feel as though they are reading her thought processes thus trusting the narrative to be Emma's true feelings on the matter of Harriet Smith, and showing her traits clearly. The relationship between Emma and Harriet in the novel reveals arrogance and superiority in the character of Emma. Her treatment of Harriet is as though Harriet is not a person with individual feelings but almost pet-like able to be "summoned at any time for a walk." Through out the novel we see how Emma gradually realises her terrible and patronising treatment of Harriet and begins to act towards and see Harriet in a different light. Emma primary motive to call upon Harriet to be her friend was only to prevent boredom not that "poor Miss Taylor left to become married. ...read more.

Middle

Though Emma never directly says to Harriet that she is lucky to have her company this is always inferred by Jane Austen in Emma's diction and the narrative. It is also clear that Harriet does feel grateful for the attention received from Miss Woodhouse, "...for I am never happy but at Hartfield," Harriet is so delighted to be accepted in the Woodhouse's home that she feels she wishes to stay there, she holds on to her acceptance into higher class, she is delighted by every welcome and compliment from Emma, and Emma in her ability to create admiration for herself, helps to make Harriet feel so appreciative towards herself. The relationship between the two characters always seems as though Emma is constantly giving Harriet favours by allowing her to stay at Hartfield, by introducing her into polite society, and by finding her a superior wedding match. However all of these so called favours end up being but the opposite of Harriet and in the end prevent all kinds of happiness for the character. Harriet's time, mostly spent at Emma's home prevented a meeting between her and Mr Martin and the introduction into Emma's class stopped Harriet from being with the people she loved and felt so happy amongst, The Martin family, and Emma's attempts at matchmaking only cause more sadness and embarrassment for Harriet as she has to refuse Mr Martin only to be then refused herself. ...read more.

Conclusion

With the revelation that Emma is yet again wrong about Mr Knightly and in fact he requites her love there is a happy ending for the characters who maintain their friendship and which may change without Emma as the superior character within it, as she learns from her mistakes and becomes more humble and down to earth. Therefore although the evocation fits with the relationship between Emma and Harriet during the main of the novel, Emma leading Harriet for her own amusement and Harriet obediently following, the ending of the play shows the beginning of a change in this pattern. Harriet's new marriage symbolises a new independent direction for herself a life free of intervention from Miss Woodhouse. Emma's marriage to Mr Knightly gives her a new focus of attention and relief from boredom and also a satisfaction that the character wasn't even aware she needed, but as soon she joins with Mr Knightly there is a sense of completion in the character and the tone of narrative by Jane Austen. So it is evident that the evocation is true for most of the novel however Jane Austen is able to show a change in character of her heroine by the comparison of behaviour towards Harriet. ...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 Jane Austen 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 Jane Austen essays

  1. The Character of Emma in Jane Austen's Emma: How she has a "mind delighted ...

    is not aware of even her own emotions and intentions (for example she does not realise that she loves Mr. Knightley until Harriet starts showing feelings towards him), so how can she be aware of the intentions of others? One instance of Emma's misconception is her belief that she can

  2. How does Jane Austen present the themes of love and marriage in the novel ...

    This resembles how she ignored Mr Elton's faults until it was too late. However, in this situation it is Emma herself risks humiliation and heartbreak. The Coles, a family of low origin involved in trade, invite the superior families of Highbury to have dinner with them.

  1. Discuss the representations of class within "Emma".

    She is characterized as, '...not clever, but she had a sweet, docile, grateful disposition,' however, this is not enough to get her married to someone of the upper class. Because of her 'uncertain social position' (Masterplots II: Women's Literature Series; March 1995, p1-3)

  2. Free essay

    How does Michael Frayn Establish a Sense of Uncertainty in the Early Stages of ...

    It was just Keith saying that his mother was a spy, so how are we, as the reader, to know whether this is true unless we read on? About this whole idea, the boys, although they think they have uncovered a lot of answers, are still too na�ve to know the true meanings of things later on.

  1. The Crucible: How is tension created and maintained between John and Elizabeth, and how ...

    However, in an effort to please each other John says the stew is "well seasoned" whereas we know from the stage directions he added some salt as he wasn't happy with the seasoning. This would only happen in a troubled relationship as in any other the truth would have been fine to tell.

  2. Argue that the theory of common sense structures provides an important and hitherto unappreciated ...

    of common sense concepts such as time, space, part, whole, relation, quality, and so on. These include the formal theories of part and whole developed by Leniewski himself;(11) the work of Karl Menger Jr. on naive topology, of Carnap, Becker, Nicod, etc.

  1. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - "love is like playing the piano. First you must ...

    The moral values are very important in the character of Jane. It is the moral values that give Jane the beauty in the essence of the mind. And it is this inner beauty that gains her the man who loves her solely for her mind, and it is this inner beauty that contrasts the physical beauty of Emma.

  2. An exploration of Jane Austen's use of the outdoors in Emma

    as Emma, also enjoys and makes practical use of the outdoors in his own farming endeavours. "There was no denying [the Knightley brothers] had penetration," says Emma, even going so far as to admit that Mr Knightley had "much truer a knowledge"4 of Mr Elton's true designs.

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