Marriage and Social Classes in the Novel Emma by Jane Austen

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Marriage and Social Classes in the Novel Emma

Marriage has no always been about the love and happiness two people bring eachother; instead it was concidered to be more of a business transaction. Emma by Jane Austen takes place during the early twentieth century, this time period was completly absorabed in social classes and had a much different view on marriage than today. Through the young, bold, wealthy, and beautiful character Emma Woodhouse, Jane Austen exposes the protocol of marriage as well as the effects marriage held based on social standing during the early twentieth centuery.

Emma Woodhouse lives comfortably with a happy disposition as most members of higher society do and she enjoys testing her match making skills on her new friend Harriet. Unlike most women of her time, Emma has no desire to get married and thinks a little too highly of herself. Being accepted into the higher social class depended on how distinguished the family was, owning large properties, education, and large incomes without labor (Palmer). Economics and social standing was taking into higher account than romantic attraction when it came to marriage during that time period. In the novel, Mr. Elton marries Augusta Hawkins because of her new found wealth, however because the Hawkins family is not well establsihed they're considered to be a "nobody", and the new couple is not accepted into high society (Palmer).

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