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Leenie and Alexa have shared such fascinating insights. Perhaps it’s because I watched the movie long before I read the book, but it always strikes me as I read how different the book Emma is from the movie Emma. She is so much more of a snob in the book. Jane Austen’s focus is on class. This is a book about society, and the romance seems to play a secondary role. The reader is supposed to ask herself whether the Martins, Westons, and Coles are as worthy as the Woodhouses and Knightleys. Furthermore, we begin to ask ourselves if the Churchills, despite their high social status, might be a knotch lower on the moral scale of things.
Because of some quotes I’ve read by Jane Austen, I believe she never intended anyone to like Emma. Perhaps, she intended her to be a silly example of the upper class, someone we’d all laugh at because her beliefs are so ridiculous. I find, however, that I like Emma. She’s humble enough to learn her lessons, especially in the end, and she teaches the reader to be less of a snob.
As far as Frank goes, I love seeing him fumble in these chapters. He’s often at a loss for words because Emma is indeed the more frank of the two. (I wonder if there’s a play on words in his name. Jane Austen had to think of that.) Maybe that’s why he’s the only male character that we refer to by his first name although I also think of Mr. Tilney as Henry.
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