Emma by Jane Austen

This was the first book I had to annotate from start to finish. I know that a lot of people really don’t like annotating, but I enjoy it. ¬†Annotation is one of those things that can help enhance a piece of literature in a personal, unique way. No one’s annotations will ever be exactly like someone else’s. There can be similarities, but there is a uniqueness to annotation worth discovering.

 

 

Anyways, to my Emma analysis:

SPOILERS:

Emma Woodhouse is a twenty something girl who has a considerable fortune and lives at her father’s estate, Hartfield. Mr. Woodhouse is a widow and is overly cautious, easily worried, and OCD. Miss Taylor, Emma’s ex-governess, had been living with the Woodhouses as Emma’s best friend once her services were no longer required as a governess. The novel opens up with Mr. Woodhouse lamenting, “poor Miss Taylor” who has recently gotten married and left the family. The air at Hartfield is pretty solemn. Mr. Knightly, Emma’s elder sister’s husband’s brother, appears, and they have a lovely chat. Emma reminds her papa that she matched Miss Taylor and Mr. Weston together. Mr. Knightly and Mr. Woodhouse urge Emma not to make any more matches. Emma won’t get married herself, but she loves matching up others. Emma meets a new friend, Harriet Smith, who visits Hartfield. She is the illegitimate daughter of some unknown man, and was raised by Mr. Woodhouse’s dear friend. Emma takes to Harriet instantaneously, and wants to continue a friendship. The girl’s friendship grows. When Harriet is proposed to by a commoner, Mr. Robert Martin, Emma approves of a refusal. Harriet refuses, and Mr. Knightly is upset because Mr. Martin is a wonderful man. Emma hopes to match Hariet up with Mr. Elton, the town vicar. Emma encourages Harriet that Mr. Elton is good for her, and believes Mr. Elton likes miss Smith. Unfortunately, Mr. Elton announces his love of Emma, not Harriet, and Emma refuses. Mr. Elton is furious and leaves Highbury, only to become engaged soon after. With the arrival of Mr. Weston’s son, Frank Churchill, who lives with his uncle and aunt, and Miss Jane Fairfax, niece of Mr. Woodhouse’s dear friend, Emma becomes very close to Frank and not Jane. Emma thinks frank fancies get, and wonders if she likes him, too. These feelings are short lived in Emma, for when Frank leaves town for awhile, Emma looses any romantic feelings for him. Frank returns, and saves Harriet from gypses. Emma encourages Harriet to like Frank, but unbeknownst to Emma, she unwittingly encourages Harriet to like Mr. Knightly! Frank and Jane are secretly engaged, and this news comes as a surprise to Emma, but only now does Emma learn who Harriet actually loves. Emma becomes very jealous of this, and realizes she loves me. Knightly. Emma and Mr. Knightly get together, and Harriet marries Mr. Martin, whom she loves, and everything ends well. This story would make an excellent movie.

I really hated Emma in the beginning because her character was so annoying, and rude, and haughty, and etc… But then she grew on me. And I loved the novel. Definitely worth the read (and annotation!). Austen used a lot of repetition in Emma, which was a great technique used to enhance the novel’s quality.

Worth reading

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Blogging Break

Why haven’t I written in so long? People may be asking this, and I can’t blame them. After such a long hiatus, I am thankful for those loyal followers who have continued to stay here even though my writing has diminished significantly over these past 10 months or so. To summarize my life as simply as possible and the reason I’ve been missing for so long from the blogging world…the answer really isn’t that simple. Part of it is my own lack of remembering that yes, I have a blog. But, there is a lot more to it than that.
I’ve been struggling with anxiety. Not just the typical, everyday anxiety that everyone has when a test comes up or when they have a term paper due the next day, but the anxiety and fear that paralyzes and makes everyday functioning an idea of the past. I pretty much gave up writing during this time; not much journaling, little in the poetry category, and practically nothing a novelist writes. Here and there I did pick things up, but it never lasted long. And this continued for about nine months. My writing was mainly the bare minimum; writing papers for school, or the everyday life writing that happens. My reading was also non-existent. I only read books for school. Of course, my reading has needed to pick up again for years, but when the last full book you read is Emma by Jane Austen and you finished reading it early this year…Well, you get the picture.

My anxiety is getting somewhat better, but I’m healing. I finally started writing again this morning, and it felt…good. Good to go around the house formulating ideas in my brain; original quotes that I might use in my stories. I may not have much written, but this new story of mine is, Lord-willing, going to be very relatable to so many people. It might be the epitome of who I was, and who I will be.

And I hope you guys will stay along for the ride.