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Digging Deep Within A Matchmaker Essay

1906 words - 8 pages

“A subtle, yet very significant message is hidden just below the surface- the beginning and ending are just definitive points in the journey, in between is where we write our definition of happiness.” (McGill 2) Emma Woodhouse is a careless girl who is blinded by true love. Jane Austen Shows the reader Emma’s journey into a woman not only caring for herself. (Austenesque 1) Emma Woodhouse is a socialite who loves to play the role of a matchmaker. In her novel Emma, author Jane Austen exposes the complexity of the main character Emma through her relationships with others.
As we follow Emma’s Journey throughout Jane Austen’s novel, we see Emma as a matchmaker and then as herself. “Beautiful, clever and wealthy she fancies herself a master-matchmaker and sets in motion a laundry list of schemes to pair off Highbury residents.” (McGill 1) Emma is a beautiful young woman, but she is careless when it comes to finding love. She is more concerned with matching up people who she believes should be together. Emma hurts many people when she plays the role of a matchmaker. In Tave’s article he compares Emma to a lonely astronomer who thought he controlled the weather. (Tave 11) Emma does not think she controls the weather, but she does believe that she controls the people of Highbury. She does not only believe she controls the people, but Emma also thinks she controls their relationships. Emma does not appear a true matchmaker because she is pairing up people who she thinks should be together. In Austenesque Review, it shows that Emma is not talented matchmaker. It also shows that she makes frequent mistakes and does not understand the people around her. “Emma’s joy in being first is part of what makes her such an exhilarating character.” (Morgan 68)
Emma shows the love she has for the minor characters by playing the role of a matchmaker and not worrying about her own love. “Mr. Elton performs a role similar to Churchill in Volume 1 rests on Emma’s failure to see through him, much as the rest of the story depends on her blindness about Frank.” (Rumrich 91) Emma does not notice the love either man tries to show her. Emma is blinded by true love. Tave points out in his article that Emma plays the role of a fairy. (Tave 12) She supervises the course of true love with other characters. Playing the role of the fairy helps Emma do the job smoothly. “Even though she enjoys pairing up her friends and neighbors, Emma has little inclination or interest in finding love for herself and declares that she will never marry.” (Austenesque 1) The character Emma is more concerned with everyone else’s relationships in Highbury. Emma is not worried about finding love for herself because she is so consumed in everyone else’s relationships.
Emma’s imagination helped her to match up the other characters. It also bought her down because it made her blinded by her own love. “Emma Woodhouse is an “imaginist”; that in a nonce word, invented for...

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