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Using Chapters 23, 24 and 25 Write an Analysis of the Using Chapters 23, 24 and 25 Write an Analysis of the Character of Frank Churchill

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Using Chapters 23, 24 and 25 Write an Analysis of the Character of Frank Churchill Frank Churchill is one of the dominant characters in Jane Austen's 'Emma' despite the fact that he is not fully introduced until chapter twenty-three. Each of the characters in 'Emma' play a role in delivering Austen's personal comments on the society of that time. Mr Knightley, for example, often reflects Austen's views of Emma's behaviour and expresses her own opinions on social issues and through Emma she portrays the views of society. The purpose of Frank's character is to highlight Austen's views that people should not be judged by appearances alone and his relationship with Emma shows the consequences of being too prejudiced to judge someone's character accurately. Frank represents the ideal gentleman in Austen's society since he is wealthy, handsome and seems to be good natured. However Emma's prejudice in favour of Frank leaves her open to manipulation and blinds her to the truth about the relationship between Frank and Jane Fairfax. Ironically, this perfect gentleman is committing a scandal by pressuring Jane into a secret engagement, though Emma is too blind to be suspicious since he uses her to hide it. ...read more.

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Campbell. Frank frequently leads Emma astray in her thoughts by encouraging the thought or so it appears to Emma, that Jane is in love with Mr Dixon, the husband of her best friend, which is a scandalous and improper form of thought. To heighten the inappropriate nature of this Frank then torments Jane, loudly hinting at this forbidden relationship to amuse Emma. This behaviour is not acceptable of a gentleman since not only has he created an awkward situation for Jane but he embarrasses her by implying she is the object of admiration of a married man. Frank also is laughing at Emma since she has revealed in confidence many of her personal reflections on Jane to him and he seems to agree yet he is actually in love with Jane. In this way, he laughs at Jane because she is in a helpless situation and at Emma because he is leading her astray and giving completely the wrong impression. The worst flaw in Frank's character stems from his relationship with Jane. Frank has placed her in an uncomfortable, scandalous situation by being secretly engaged to her and then mercilessly teases her about it in public, hinting and implying things that only Jane will truly understand. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, once the truth abut the engagement is made known it is easier to recognise the tell honesty and deceit apart. Clearly Frank genuinely wants to belong to Highbury and to like and be liked by the residents and he obviously feels ashamed that he made Jane keep their engagement secret, although he agrees with Emma when she confesses she would have taken a little pleasure out of deceiving the whole of Highbury. A final way of looking at Frank is to compare him with Emma. One could argue that Frank Churchill is the masculine version of Emma; he, like her, enjoys using his imagination as shown when he leads her along with the idea of Mr Dixon. Both are intelligent people and know how to persuade others to do what they want; Emma influences Harriet and, to an extent, Mrs Weston while Frank influences Jane Fairfax. Another similarity between the two is their situation in life; they are the same age and of the same wealth however Frank is confined by his aunt in a similar way that Emma is by Mr Woodhouse. Frank himself feels that he and Emma are very alike in character. He states "she received my attentions with an easy, friendly, good-humoured playfulness, which exactly suited me. We seemed to understand one another." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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