The setting in Emma relies heavily on the class system as it determines the quality of life and social interactions through birth and inheritance. Regency England’s rigid codes of propriety and hierarchy is demonstrated as Emma says, “They ought to be taught that it was not for them to arrange the terms on which the superior families would visit them” in regard to the lack of invitation to the Coles’ party. Austen’s use of characterisation highlights Emma as one to uphold the rules of social hierarchy. Patriarchy is conveyed in the stratified society as it is only through Mr. Knightley that Emma finally comes to understand the immaturity of her tendencies. He says at the Box Hill picnic, “to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the moment, laugh at her”.
Austen maintained her credibility on the significant subjects in her time by doing so. Analyzing how the characters engage with their culture can show how Austen experienced life. The characters, events and locations presented throughout Persuasion reveal Jane Austen’s real life experiences of a women living in England during the 19th century. Jane Austen was the seventh out of eight children and second daughter born to George and Cassandra Austen. Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England in 1775 where she spent most of her life as a child and teen (Biography).
My main focus will be women, how they lived, and survived, in the sexist society during the Regency era. This is also a large theme in all of Austen’s novels. First and foremost, I am going to write a bit about what “Persuasion” is about. The main character is Anne Elliot, daughter of Sir Walter Elliot. She is longing for the love of her life, Captain Frederick Wentworth, whom Lady Russell persuaded her to leave.
In the Victorian era, women were forced to marry, as they needed the security of a man. However, Austen uses logos to question the real inequality in the Victorian era’s ideology, that a woman is incomplete without a man. This allows the reader to analyse the state of society from a different perspective. Austen also starts her sentence with an assertive tone further supported with her firm word choices, through using the words, ‘…truth universally acknowledged’. These words are important in her building ethos allowing her to deliver her controversial message.
Jane Austen’s novel of manners, Emma, is about a young woman named Emma who considers herself a matchmaker and believes she will never marry. Austen’s purpose is to unveil the coming-of-age maturity and self realization Emma will go through in the duration of marriages of her friends and situations between her and other people. She creates a witty, romantic atmosphere around the book with the aid of rhetorical devices, such as imagery and symbolism, and occurring themes, such as consummated marriages, foolishness of character, and transformation of the main character. Also, there is a generation of ironic tone in order to capture the attention of readers who relate their feelings towards Emma. This novel captures the readers’ hearts through Emma’s amorous, amusing life adventure.
Jane Austen has attracted a great deal of critical attention in recent years. Many critics have given their view points and analysis about the strengths and weaknesses of her characters, particularly her heroines. Austen has been cast as both a friend and foe to the rights of women. Others feel that her marriage plots are representative of her allegiance to the social situation of her time. Without examining the eighteenth century English society, we cannot make analysis on the Austen as an author.
These two methods function effectively as the reader encounters a range of narrative voices that are able reveal the plot in an interesting, innovative and exciting manner. Lastly, no one can deny Austen’s ability to create unforgettable characters, build well-structured plots, or deliver assessments of society. Her novel, Pride and Prejudice, possess a timeless quality, which makes her stories and themes as relevant today as they were two hundred years
Austen extends her critique by highlighting social hypocrisy through ; she often creates an ironic tone through collateral speech in which the feelings and words of the characters mix with the echoes of the narrator. Austen focuses on gender roles, and highlights the lack autonomous movement a women had in nineteenth century England. Austen wrote, Pride and Prejudice, anonymously in the eighteenth century England in order to combat to combat sexism and prejudice. Women were a victim of gender and socio- economic gender considerations . Also, England favored men and provided them with the opportunity to be educated, and women on the other hand, were expected to be docile and subservient.
Manners were an important aspect to the upper class. In Emma, Jane Austen shows how important manners were when Emma criticizes Mrs. Elton and says, “Insufferable woman!” was her immediate exclamation. “Worse than I had supposed. Absolutely insufferable! Knightley!-- never seen him in her life before, and call him Knightley!” (Austen 229).