Austen's Narrative Perspective In Emma By Jane Austen

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In Emma Austen uses narrative perspective to shape the reader 's experience and interactions with the novel. Although most of the novel is narrated from Emma 's point of view, Mr. Knightley perspective is presented to the reader through dialogue and free indirect discourse. Though we the reader get other view points besides that of Emma 's and Mr. Knightley 's it is usually that of an omniscient narrator. The narrator while critical of Emma is not the novel 's voice of reason though that honor belongs to Mr. Knightly. The reason for this is that Mr. Knightley, can and does call Emma out on certain behavior which the narrator can not do due to possibly existing outside the story. Mr. Knightly 's is the novel 's voice of reason because …show more content…
While Knightley think of all the interactions between Frank and Jane Fairfax being of slight suspicion he doesn’t put too much weight on them. Again through Austen use of indirect discourse we learn that Knightley. says to himself “however he might wish to escape any of Emma 's errors of imagination”.

So, yes Knightley dislikes Frank Churchill,but unlike Emma he won 't let his bias get in the way which leads to a result of misreading, misinterpreting, or just plain mismanaging a situation. This happens to Emma quiet a few times while playing matchmaker with Harriet with situations just blowing up in her face. The first is just assuming things about Mr. Martin or misreading Mr. Elton’s character much like with Frank Churchill 's.

Mr.Knightley spends a bit more time looking at the interactions between Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax before confronting Emma about his discover not wanting her to be hurt. When Knightley asks Emma if she suspects somethings is going on between Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax she ferociously denies it. “"Never, never!" she cried with a most open eagerness "Never, for the twentieth part of a moment, did such an idea occur to me. And how could it possibly come into your head?" (C.41) Emma 's denial makes Mr.Knightley vexed and as with Emma and as with other instances he keeps his cool and just leaves before he can get “fully tempered”
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Knightley and acknowledged that he was right about Frank Churchill in both his character and what he was up to. Mr. Knightley helps enhance the novel as it 's voice of reason by making Emma realize thing 's that we the reader have already come to conclude by the guidance of the narrator, but more importantly Mr. Knightley 's. In his suspicions and corrections Mr. Knightley is never wrong. Though at first the reader like Emma may question Mr. Knightley’s suspicions much like in Sherlock Holmes, Knightley 's suspicions and deductions end up being correct at the end of the day.

Near the novels end we see Knightley can acknowledge his biases but at the same time we know that he himself dose not just settle on his gut feeling and goes beyond that to make his conclusions. When talking to Emma about Frank Churchill at the end Mr. Knightley says that he is not impartial but ether way indifferent if Emma was involved or not he would have felt the same way about Frank Churchill.

“As I was not quite impartial in my judgment, Emma; but yet, I think, had you not been in the case, I should still have distrusted

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