Analysis Of Elizabeth Bennet 's The Novel ' Emma '

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Unlike Elizabeth Bennet, the eponymous character in Emma realizes she loves her romantic interest in a sudden epiphany. After Emma learns of Harriet’s attraction to Mr. Knightley, realizes that she loves him–and only she must love and marry him. As she believes in a potential engagement between Knightley and Harriet, Emma thinks, “How long had Mr. Knightley been so dear to her, as every feeling declared him now to be? When had his influence, such influence begun?–When had he succeeded to that place in her affection, which Frank Churchill had once, for a short period, occupied?” (Emma 386). Immediately, Emma considers her feelings for Knightley in comparison to those she had for Churchill, which illustrates her way of rationalizing her love for Knightley along with dispelling any remnants of affection she may have for Churchill. Emma is completely smitten with Knightley. In addition, her feelings for Knightley suddenly change because of a potential loss, rather than discovering a new, positive aspect of his character. Furthermore, Austen illustrates that Emma has always admired Knightley: “She [Emma] saw that there never had been a time when she did not consider Mr. Knightley as infinitely the most dear. She saw, that in persuading herself, in fancying, in acting to the contrary, she had been entirely under a delusion, totally ignorant of her own heart–and, in short, that she had never really cared for Frank Churchill at all!” (386). Emma continues to reflect upon her…
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