Posted by Kali on September 26, 1997 at 17:25:53:
In response to I'll need help...& setting of "Emma", written by Robyn on September 26, 1997 at 07:50:15
My first question is this: Is setting at all important to this novel's plot, themes etc????
I always thought so. The plot takes place within the stifling confines of Highbury, which parallels what's going on in Emma's head. She's not only literally captive to her Highbury lifestyle, she's figuratively captive to her own delusions and presumptions. When she finally ventures out of her obvious comfort zone to Box Hill, the revelations begin - she realizes that she doesn't have everything figured out after all.
Also, I think it's important to note that in contrast to her distinct inability to reconcile herself to the realities presented at Box Hill (I daresay she didnt' even understand the half of what was really going on! ;-} ), at the Donwell Strawberry party - which is essentially the same exact crowd - everything works. Emma does and feels right here. She's nice to Jane Fairfax, she pins Frank down at every careless word, and she realizes how important both the Abbey and the Knightleys (esp. George, though she doesnt' realize it yet!) are to her. She's in her element here - her proper place literally and figuratively (those words again...!).
Now, Robyn...I think it's only fair that you give YOUR opinions on that question now! :-) After all, this IS your assignment...
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