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Written by Patricia AA
(2/7/2011 2:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Should it really make a difference? I don't believe, penned by AnnetteJ
Well said, and perhaps this is a good time to reflect on Emma Woodhouse...because I may be in the minority, but I do love her character.
I suppose because she is flawed, and therefore very human to me. Here are some of her faults:
1. Conceit...and vanity, she tends to think a little too highly of herself. That's why she enjoys "molding" Harriet, is blind to Mr. Elton's true purpose, and tends to undervalue the characters of Miss Bates and Robert Martin.
Against these faults, one must acknowledge these virtues:
1. A heart capable of extreme kindness and love, as demonstrated by her care and consideration for her father.
Maybe that is why Jane Austen chose to name the novel after her heroine...the theme central to this novel is the exploration of Emma, a war of the good versus evil in her character...and the joy for the reader in vacilating back and forth between like versus dislike. Much like a game of lawn tennis!
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