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In Emma Jane Austen exposes the limitations of the role of women in her society. Examine Austen's presentation of what is called in the novel, 'women's usual occupations of eye, and hand, and mind'.

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Emma - Role of Woman In Emma Jane Austen exposes the limitations of the role of women in her society. Examine Austen's presentation of what is called in the novel, 'women's usual occupations of eye, and hand, and mind'. In Jane Austen's society, the role of women was controlled by what was expected of them. In most cases, marriage was not for love, and was considered as a business arrangement, in which both partners could gain status and financial reassurance. Though Austen opposed the idea of none affectionate marriage, many women of her time disagreed with this view and felt financial and social security was more important and suitable for them. Austen presents to us many different types of women in Emma, which seems as though she is trying to put across her view on women being able to do and have different opinions, as well as broadening the idea of becoming adjust to the theme of marrying for love. ...read more.


As Mr. Elton's pride is greatly damaged, he decides to go to bath for a holiday, and returns with an offensive, vulgar woman, who will soon be his wife. Mrs. Elton is a rude, dull woman, but has a high social status, which is the reason Mr. Elton chose her. From this love-match, Austen shows us how wrong it is to marry for anything but love. Though it is a highly amusing situation, and Mrs. Elton herself is a very comical character, it in fact causes very serious and severe circumstances, in which these two people will be unhappily married for most probably the rest of their lives. In addition, the novelist provides us with many diverse roles of women. Women did not have careers, simply marriage offers. We are soon introduced to Harriet Smith, who is an illegitimate orphan, with no options but to hope for a marriage proposal. ...read more.


She is a highly skilled woman with many talents, especially as a pianist, has been brought up by a commendable family, but has no financial background to facilitate to a marriage. In the novel, we are given a lot of dissimilar women, with different minds and crafts. It seems as though the narrator is trying to demonstrate everyone's similar but different needs, and capability. Many of the women in this society, learnt a musical instrument, wrote poetry, or had several different talents. The reason for this would mainly be that it would be easier for them to achieve a rich, valued husband. Austen is showing us why women did this, which helps us understand the pressure in which this society put them under. They had no qualifications, and were simply there to marry. We can also see that unless you were blessed into a rich family, your ideas and believes were not truly heard, maybe not even spoken of, which is offensive and quite disturbing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stephanie Michaelides ...read more.

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