Emma by Jane Austen Essay

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Emma by Jane Austen

Question: How does Jane Austen present the themes of love and marriage in the novel Emma?

Answer: Jane Austen's novels incorporate her observations on the manners of her time and class, and while they often relate courtship, love, and marriage, Austen herself never married. In the essay below I will be discussing how the author, Jane Austen, presents the themes of love and marriage in the novel Emma. The novel Emma is about a young woman who is interested in matchmaking. Emma is the central character, who is the daughter of wealthy gentleman, her mother died when she was young leaving her to be brought up by Miss Taylor. The novel is essentially a story of how Emma matures
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Emma tries to take credit for the marriage claiming she matched Miss Taylor and Mr Weston.

“And you have forgotten one matter of joy to me, said Emma, and a very considerable one - that I made the match myself. I made the match, you know, four years ago; and to have it take place, and be proved in the right, when so many people said Mr Weston would never marry again, may comfort me for anything.”

Emma says this to Mr Knightly and her father about the marriage of Miss Taylor and Mr Weston. This quote gives the reader a hint of Emma’s character, and a glimpse of the major marriage and matchmaking themes of the novel.

Within the first few paragraphs of the book, Jane Austen praises Emma while she is “handsome, clever and rich,” she is also spoiled and self-centred, less concerned with Miss Taylor’s happiness than her loss of a companion. Throughout the novel Emma identifies matches which as reader we know will not work which makes the reader think, what does make a good marriage? (In mind the cameo example of the Weston’s marriage).

Chapter two begins telling us all about Mr Weston. Mr Weston married Miss Churchill, who was of a higher social status than him. An important consideration in Emma is social status especially when it concerns marriage. The reason why Mr Weston’s first marriage failed was partly

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