It has been said about Jane Austen that she is basically trying to show her readers how they should live their lives. Do you agree with this statement?
This semester, we have been studying Jane Austen’s Book Emma and its context in regards to the Romanticism period. Austen has explored the context of romanticism through her main character, Emma, A young Lass, who doesn’t see herself getting married at all, matches other people up, using her imagination to connect people through their personalities and class.
However, as this may be the power of imagination (mentioned in an earlier blog post), Jane Austen uses the elements of Romanticism in a destructive way and that the common and structured way of life at that time was the right way of life. This was explicitly shown in the book, where Emma discovers that Mr. Churchill had been secretly engaged to Miss Fairfax for months, despite Emma trying to match Churchill up with Harriet for the same time period.
Despite this event not being a big hassle in reality, however, within Emma’s own mind, it was a major catastrophe. This can be due to her massive ego. While she sees herself as a successful matchmaker, she believes that every two people she connects is supposed to be together in holy matrimony and they are to live their lives as a married couple for the rest of their time on this earth. When her ideal couple did not follow through, due to one already being with someone else, this had somehow destroyed that big ego of hers, in which tells us the reader, that she wasn’t always right in terms of relationships and that she should just let everyone find their own person, rather than relying on Emma herself.
In terms of the question I’m writing this particular blog post about, I can heavily say that Jane Austen does tell the readers how to live their lives, to a certain degree. While the book does revolve around relationships, Austen is basically telling us that we can’t be matched up with someone just because someone says so, and we need to follow our personal emotions and that if it doesn’t always have to work out with that one partner.