Emma by Jane Austen

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The story, Emma, by Jane Austen, is a riveting tale about a heroine who through her determined will to assist others, realizes and attains her own dreams and desires. The story begins with 21 year old, Emma Woodhouse struggling with the loss of her governess of 16 years and a truly dear friend, Miss Taylor. Miss Taylor recently wedded Mr. Weston and moved half a mile away from the Woodhouses' residence at Hartfield. Both Emma and her father are trying to cope with this drastic change and overcome their sense of despondency. Emma feels as if she has lost her best friend and is extremely depressed about the predicament. However, Emma's distraught and lonesome manner quickly changes with the arrival of Harriet Smith. Harriet, a young…show more content…
This is done using the flashback technique. Emma is uneasy about the affair at first, for she had thought that Mr. Churchill was attracted to her. However, she soon recovers from the disappointing event and finds herself appreciating Mr. Knightley, one of the family's oldest and dearest friends, in a way she had never perceived him before. She had always thought of him as a brother figure; a person she could have intellectual discussions with, and a person she wasn't afraid to speak her mind to. I feel that the climax occurs when Mr. Knightley pronounces his undying love for Emma, as they commit themselves to one another. Emma finally acknowledges that it was Mr. Knightley, whom she desired, the entire time; that is to say, she had an epiphany. Harriet as well, admits to herself that Mr. Martin is the only man for she ever truly loved, and they too, unite in wholly matrimony. The story is an on-going roller-coaster of love and despair; love triangles that only end, in order to embark on another. The atmosphere is a constant cycle of blissfulness and disheartenment. The plot can be compared to one of a daytime soap opera, only without all the intimate

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