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|Emma is a snob
Written by Lisa M.
(4/14/2008 12:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma reminds me, penned by nan duval
I agree with your post. IMO, Emma is a snob in reference to the hierarchy of the different classes of people within her realm. I always found it funny that she disdained the Coles but forwarded such an intimate friendship with Harriet (considering how illegitimatcy was viewed in those days). I also found it amusing that Emma is blinded by her matchmaking scheme and never comprehends that Mr. Elton as a vicar would have serious issues with marrying someone with Harriet's background.
I think back to the beginning of the novel where JA narrates something to the effect that one of Emma's faults is a propensity to think a little too well of herself. However she can be selective when she wants to be as evidenced by her friendship with Harriet.
In reference to the Bates', I think that Emma displays a lack of maturity. She clearly knows what she should be doing for them, but they annoy her with the constant chattering and the talk of Jane Fairfax, so it is human nature to avoid things that annoy us. This I think is something that she will learn as she matures, although it is not very becoming to her character for her to neglect the Bates'. The problem is that she has nobody at home to guide her. We wouldn't expect Mr. Woodhouse to have the presence of mind to give her parental advice.
In terms of Jane Fairfax, I have always thought Emma's dislike was rooted strictly in female jealousy. Jane is acknowledged to be very accomplished in music, drawing, etc. Emma is jealous of this because she knows that she is not on that same level in terms of her accomplishments. This I think goes back to the superiority thing. Emma knows that she should be as or more accomplished than Jane Fairfax, and she knows that she has nobody to blame but herself.
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