In chapter one, Emma quickly shows the reader that she loves control, in fact she craves it, she craves this control through manipulating the people around her and basically playing “match maker”. Her first couple is Mr. Weston and Miss Taylor, this was the first success and once Emma saw that her skills worked, she craved more (Austen 5). Once Emma notices that what she did helped her friend, Miss Taylor, she quickly began to wonder who she could help; but she never thought for a second about helping herself. Emma grew up with just her dad and never had a mother to show her that she needed a man, she grew up independent and constantly taking care of her aging father. The fact that Emma gee up being so independent planted a seed in her that she does not need a man to get through life or to make her happy. Mr Knightley quickly notices Emma’s interference in other’s lives and tries to tell her it is not right to interfere with other peoples love lives. He does not understand hoe she feels successful by match making, “I do not understand what you mean by ‘success’…. success supposes endeavor.” (Austen 9). Mr. Knightley is saying that Emma has not put in hard work for her match making but this mak...
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...elf to fall in love she fell hard. In the beginning of the novel the reader will start to question if Emma is afraid to fall in love because Austen makes her sound so independent, but as the novel continues the reader will start to know and love Emma because love is all she wants.
It is important that Austen conveys Emma to be stubborn and hard to love to let the reader fall in love with Emma themselves. Having Emma is stubborn is important to the novel because she develops in to a woman who lets herself fall in love with a man who knows her better than anyone else. She finds herself growing up; nonetheless, Emma grows in to the woman Mr. Knightley always knew she was. The fear of falling in love was never the issue with her, it was the fear of the man she was going to fall for. Mr. Knightley turned Emma’s stubbornness go away and the imagination of love become real.
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