It has an almost modern feel to it—despite frequent references to such antiquated subjects as class, birth, and marriage for money—with a title character who charms us with her flaws and invites us to identify with her. This has not always been the utopian model, however; earlier periods observed a very different set of standards. In the novel Emma, Jane Austen writes about romance in Regency Era England, where the plot swirls around the secrets, joys, and follies of three central couples. But there is more to be discovered.
Go to notes on Education, Marriage, Status of Women, etc. Here are some observations from Jane Austen on sex-role differences. PersuasionChapter 6: Musgroves had their game to guard, and to destroy, their horses, dogs, and newspapers to engage them; and the females were fully occupied in all the other common subjects of housekeeping, neighbours, dress, dancing, and music.
EmmaChapter Weston; delighted to see her and receive her approbation, very busy and very happy in their different way; she, in some little distress; and he, finding every thing perfect.
You will see nothing of it by candlelight. It will be as clean as Randalls by candlelight. Mansfield ParkChapter I was suddenly, upon turning the corner of a steepish downy field, in the midst of a retired little village between gently rising hills; a small stream before me to be forded, a church standing on a sort of knoll to my right -- which church was strikingly large and handsome for the place, and not a gentleman or half a gentleman's house to be seen excepting one -- to be presumed the Parsonage -- within a stone's throw of the said knoll and church.
I found myself, in short, in Thornton Lacey. But I told a man mending a hedge that it was Thornton Lacey, and he agreed to it. Rushworth to attend to her, [was] doomed to the repeated details of his day's sport, good or bad, his boast of his dogs, his jealousy of his neighbours, his doubts of their [hunting] qualifications, and his zeal after poachers -- subjects which will not find their way to female feelings without some talent on one side, or some attachment on the other.
Had both the children been there, the affair might have been determined too easily by measuring them at once; but as Harry only was present, it was all conjectural assertion on both sides; and everybody had a right to be equally positive in their opinion, and to repeat it over and over again as often as they liked.
John Knightley made his appearance, and "How d'ye do, George? The brothers talked of their own concerns and pursuits, but principally of those of the elder [George], whose temper was by much the most communicative, and who was always the greater talker.
As a magistrate, he had generally some point of law to consult John about, or, at least, some curious anecdote to give; and as a farmer, as keeping in hand the home-farm at Donwell, he had to tell what every field was to bear next year, and to give all such local information as could not fail of being interesting to a brother whose home it had equally been the longest part of his life, and whose attachments were strong.
The plan of a drain, the change of a fence, the felling of a tree, and the destination of every acre for wheat, turnips, or spring corn, was entered into with as much equality of interest by John, as his cooler manners rendered possible; and if his willing brother ever left him any thing to inquire about, his inquiries even approached a tone of eagerness.
Northanger AbbeyChapter What gown and what head-dress she should wear on the occasion became her chief concern. She cannot be justified in it. Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. Catherine knew all this very well; her great aunt had read her a lecture on the subject only the Christmas before; and yet she lay awake ten minutes on Wednesday night debating between her spotted and her tamboured muslin, and nothing but the shortness of the time prevented her buying a new one for the evening.
This would have been an error in judgment, great though not uncommon, from which one of the other sex rather than her own, a brother rather than a great aunt, might have warned her, for man only can be aware of the insensibility of man towards a new gown.
It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire; how little it is biased by the texture of their muslin, and how unsusceptible of peculiar tenderness towards the spotted, the sprigged, the mull, or the jackonet.
Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.
She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.
A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; -- and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance.
But Catherine did not know her own advantages -- did not know that a good-looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward.The reception history of Jane Austen follows a path from modest fame to wild popularity.
Jane Austen (–), the author of such works as Pride and Prejudice () and Emma (), has become one of the best-known and most widely read novelists in the English language.
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Discuss Answer Introduction Echoes the question and addresses it directly. Emma study guide contains a biography of Jane Austen, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
This study guide Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December Please click on the . Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield is mentioned with approval by Jane Austen in her novel Emma, but the influences of Goldsmith’s work can be seen much more clearly in Pride and Prejudice.
Compare and contrast the two works, giving special attention to characters and plot devices. Sep 06, · John M. Forde's "Janespotting," M. Casey Diana's "Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility as Gateway to Austen's Novel: A Pedagogical Experiment," and Jennifer Foster's "Austenmania, EQ, and the End of the Millenium," are linked because all three discuss why they think people are attracted to the recent movies based on Austen's books.