Jane Austen 's Novel ' Emma And Roman Polanski 's Film ' Tess

1063 Words Apr 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Journeys involve the exploration of the self, as individuals review their growth and development in the light of experiences which challenge and inspire them. The power of a journey, provides insights into the lives of individuals and the understanding of the world around them. This concept can be seen within Jane Austen’s novel ‘Emma’ and Roman Polanski’s film ‘Tess’. Jane Austen and Roman Polanski compel their protagonists through a life of continual process of growth towards mature self-development exploring female gender roles in their respective contexts, hence revealing the codes of women in patriarchal societies.
The journey of an individual from immaturity on our judgements and relationships to mature self-knowledge and character development provide understanding to the nature of characters and the society in which they live. Emma Woodhouse, in Jane Austen’s Emma is a victim of her own illusions and creates a world of her own fancy. Irony dominates the novel, contrived by the omniscient narrator, as Emma’s ‘insufferable vanity and unpardonable arrogance proposed to arrange everybody’s destiny’ counteracts her motives causing complications for herself and her relationships. Emma supreme self-confidence foreshadows her tribulations, highlighting her moral blindness and ignorance. The peak of Emma’s journey from immaturity, is seen at the Box Hill Picnic. ‘Emma could not resist’, abandons all social and personal self-control, heartlessly makes fun of Miss Bates…

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