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Had she intended ever to marry him, it might have been worthwhile to pause and consider, and try to understand the value of his preference, and the character of his temper. Discuss the significance of the relationship between Emma and Frank Churchill in the light of this comment.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ?Had she intended ever to marry him, it might have been worthwhile to pause and consider, and try to understand the value of his preference, and the character of his temper?. Discuss the significance of the relationship between Emma and Frank Churchill in the light of this comment. Jane Austen explores the themes of love, social class and misperception in Emma. Emma and Frank Churchill?s relationship is based on lies and deceit. Emma see?s Frank as a potential love interest, because they both belong to the same social class and they would make a perfect match, this gives us an idea about the principals behind marriage and the importance of social class. It also goes to show how even though Emma does not socially need to secure her place, being a woman she still feels the social pressure to think about ?the perfect marriage?. Frank is at first presented to us in a very mysterious way, we know little about his character, however throughout we learn little truths about his character in social gatherings, his interaction with Emma and especially in Mr. Knightley?s view of his character. Frank Churchill slows Emma?s journey to self realisation, by giving her this illusion that he loves her and with a letter conveying his true intentions her illusion is finally shattered. ...read more.

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This characteristic of refinement was often linked to social class, and can be seen in Mr. Knightley, and language and dialogue also emphasise this distinction of classes. We see the truth behind Frank Churchill?s careful presentation of himself as conveyed and noted by Mr. Knightley. Emma takes note of his careful presentation; ?Emma was directly sure that he knew how to make himself agreeable? however she tries to avoid the truth by seeing things through the filter of her imagination. Through their interaction, Mr. Knightley?s role as the voice of reason is further emphasised. She dismisses parts of Frank?s character that appear thoughtless and selfish, mainly because she see?s him to be the perfect match for her, if not in terms of marriage then acquaintances. Emma?s character is seen at the centre of Highbury, and since Frank was known to be the ?boast of highbury? even before he visited she may have seen it as a social obligation to get to know the mysterious character of Frank Churchill. He had been the talk of the town before even visiting, through letters Austen introduced us to his character, using letters as a way of showing the importance of gossip in a small town. Their interaction mainly occurs in social contexts with other characters present, reflecting the impersonal nature of their relationship. ...read more.

Conclusion

He tries to show Emma the reality of her relationship with him, he finds out that there is something between Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax. As Emma and Frank Churchill begin to spend more time together, Mr. Knightley?s suspicions grow high. However, the readers who trust Mr. Knightley start seeing Churchill from a more critical eye, which prepares us for the truth. Malcolm Bradbury states ?This tension between events as they seem and events as they might be - between the pleasing Frank Churchill that Emma sees., and the temporising and cunning Churchill that Mr. Knightley sees - is the dynamic of the book?. This air of importance and ambiguity makes Emma seek Frank Churchill?s friendship and validation, she almost tries to make herself fall in love with him, because she knows they would be the ideal match. Her relationship with Churchill sheds light on the interaction between marriage and social class. The two values present behind Emma?s intentions to form a strong relationship with Frank Churchill are those of securing a social standing and maintaining the social hierarchy of Highbury. Frank Churchill is only concerned with his own plans and continues to deceive Emma until a letter from him reveals the truth. Jane Austen gives us an insight into the intricate social hierarchy and the different considerations that surround marriage, through their relationship the most important theme of marriage is reinforced. Their relationship eventually leads to the shattering of Emma?s illusions. ...read more.

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