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Select your own segment for close reading and analysis with the same objective as above and write tour response in 300 - 350 words. Objectives : 1. Analyse for more than just the obvious - theme, character, plot, human behaviour, social dimensions, moral codes, one. Is the ability to duel a sign of mental vigour? Opinionated personality?> Do conversations reveal gender perspectives? Are they economical ways of characterization ( Writer's technique? ) 2. Evaluate validity of each of the responses in the debates / duels / conversations? 3. Use 4-layers of analysis for deeper understanding. The pages I have chosen to analyse is from page 48-53, whereby Emma and Mr Knightley were arguing about whether Mr Martin was more superior than Harriet Smith or vice versa. ...read more.


For example, from the beginning, Emma already states that "it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her". This shows that Emma refused to be the average woman that was to "bow down" to the men and adhere to their every request. Also, from this extract, we can tell that Mr Knightley has obvious feelings for Emma, but he has yet to realize it. From the way he could get so agitated only around Emma shows that he really cares about her views and what she says. ...read more.


In the first place, I, personally, find it rather amusing that the two best friends are arguing over their own friends when in fact, as best friends, they should be able to converse in a more apt way that best friends should, especially when they've known each other far longer than their friends too. Therefore, I feel that this extract was very much interesting, although sadistic, but the way Jane Austen made the two best friends quarrel was exhilarating, and not just the typical and stereotypical "I am your best friend so we should stay calm and collected even though we are unhappy with each other" look that most authors tend to give their characters ( only subjected to best friends ). Done by : Valesha Soon Weixuan (25) 411 ...read more.

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