Posted by Kathy F. on July 22, 1997 at 11:11:53:
In reply to Parallels between Jane Austen and Emma Woodhouse posted by Kathleen (Kaf) on July 20, 1997 at 11:24:43
] What other similarities have you noticed?
Of course, this is all simply my opinion, but I think of Emma (her temper, feelings, and actions) as being all the things Jane Austen wanted to show or be herself but didn't.--Her "evil" twin, although Emma is not evil, just misguided--by herself, mostly. Perhaps that is part of the reasoning behind "the heroine no one but myself will much like" quote. JA perhaps wanted to say things like Emma said, and get away with it, but thought that no one would like her (JA), so she didn't. (Why did her sister Cassandra burn many of her letters if there was nothing wrong with them?) I've known a lot of people who are so tired of being looked at as supposed to be perfect, that they rebel against all that, and try to be bad. Perhaps this was JA's way of rebelling.