Jane Austen Major Works Data Sheet Summary
Title: Emma Biographical information about the author:
Author: Jane Austen Jane Austen was born in 1775 in Steventon, England to well-respected members of the community who valued learning and creativity. Her father was Oxford educated and was an Anglican rector. Jane and her many siblings read from their father’s library. Jane and her older sister Cassandra went to boarding school for a more formal education. However, they both got typhus and returned home for financial reasons. Later, Jane began to publish works anonymously, such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride …show more content…
Novel of Manners: This book is realistic and focuses on the customs and behavior of characters of different social classes.
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Emma Woodhouse is a privileged, slightly conceited young woman who lives at Hartfield in Highbury, England, with her father. She has grown up with her governess Miss Taylor for 16 years, who gets married to Mr. Weston in the beginning of the novel. Emma also has an older sister, Isabella, who does not live at home and is married to Mr. John Knightley. With both Isabella and Miss Taylor now gone, Emma is left alone to care for her cynical valetudinarian father. After Emma puts Miss Taylor and Mr. Weston together to make her first match, she takes pleasure in creating matches for others. But, Emma vows to never marry herself. She takes a girl named Harriet Smith under her wing and tries to help her establish a high place in society, like Emma has. She attempts to make matches for Harriet and many other characters, like Mr. Elton, Mr. Martin, Frank Churchill, Jane Fairfax, and Mr. (George) Knightley, a family friend. Some of these relationships succeed and some fail, but most importantly, Emma comes to understand her heart and feelings and ends up marrying Mr. …show more content…
Weston’s stepson, Mr. Weston’s son with his first wife
Orphan; Miss Bates’ niece; Frank’s fiancé
Emma takes her under her wing to help her find a high place in society. Her parents are unknown, and she lives at Mrs. Goddard’s boarding school. She imagines and tries to create relationships among the characters, which is the main focus of the book. Although he has always been in Emma’s life as a friend, he turns out to be the person she wants to marry. He is also the model of a good man. When Miss Taylor leaves Hartfield to marry a man Emma matched her with, Emma is alone and bored which leads her to begin to make more matches. In order to conceal his secret engagement to Jane Fairfax, he flirts with Emma. Jane is Frank’s fiancé, but Frank had been flirting with Emma to hide their engagement. Emma tries to make matches for Harriet, but that backfires when Harriet has feelings for Mr. Knightley, who Emma loves. Harriet wouldn’t have feelings for Mr. Knightley if Emma had never befriended her and introduced her to him. Privileged; Conceited; Wealthy; Dreamer; Pretty; Young