Emma Essay

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In a span of two centuries plenty has modernized from the 19th century. Not only has the technology and science modified to offer effortless work, but the morals and values of a working society have changed as well. Specifically, in 2014, societies’ perceptions of the human condition and the rising social media has further increased the already compelling emotion of love to become seldom and rare. Therefore, the 21st century will indeed spell trouble for the medler, matchmaker and rich young lady, Ms. Emma Woodhouse of Highbury, England. Her charming good looks and money may have protected her in 1815 from the dangers of marriage, but in 2014 her survival is little to none from her confused emotions of infatuation.
As the modern world continues to splurge wages and the steady fall of the economies continue, money as a whole is beginning to exhaust its value. As a result, Emma, in 2014, would relinquish one of the values in which people admire her: wealth. After all, Emma herself mentioned to Mr. Knightley, “ A single woman of good fortune is always [respected].” (73). Emma may be single, but her immense fortune offsets a negative identification to be placed on her. Mr. Elton, for example, contrary to what Emma believed, preferred her over Harriet simply for the money and higher class of Emma. Although, in 2014, the higher class is still in existence, most if not all people fall under the middle class. Emma, now placed under the middle class, will at the moment have to rely on her appearance in order to acquire people’s respect and sympathy. A near impossible task since most people nowadays do not marry for love nor beauty but for monetary gain and greed.
“It was wrong to take so active a part in bringing two people together. It was too far….a trick of what was simple.” (116). Love is a powerful and deceptive emotion and no doubt was the bane of Emma’s life through her misunderstandings in the love lives of Harriet, Mr. Elton, Frank, Jane and herself. In short, Emma did not comprhend the workings and feelings of true love and was inexperienced in the field. Nevertheless, because Emma was the so called Queen of Highbury (in her eyes) she did whatever she pleased and meddled in everyone’s love life. Consequently, now Ms. Taylor is the new Mrs. Weston, Harriet is scarred from Elton’s secret love affair for Emma and Mr. Knightley is angered with with his sister in law. In 2014, perhaps the consequences in love may have not proved a liability since communication is faster, social media is prevalent and the Internet exists, but today people would have most...

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