Novel Named Emma (Jane Austen)
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.
Emma believes that she is able to match any two people whom she deems compatible.
Her view of interfering in others lives as "amusing" supports Emma 's feelings of superiority over those around her. In the novel, Emma is often shown as being similar to characters who share the same selfish nature as her, such as Frank Churchill and Mrs. Elton. But, what isolates Emma is not her sense superiority, but her longing to feel superior; she is not able to be apart of a relationship where she is not placed first (Thaden).
Emma paints an ugly picture of nineteenth century Britain in terms of liberty and intellectual capacity in the general population.
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