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?
Jane Austen has been considered one of the best writers from the 19th century as she is most recognised for her works such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma, she dwells into the idea of an individual only being free once they remove themselves from their own ego. I agree that Austen, does in fact try to portray the right manner of which a person should live. This notion of pride being the downfall of humanity is extremely interesting as I first heard about this is in our lecture from Michael when we were discussing the implications of Emma’s actions and theories of Harriet being in love with Frank Churchill are destroyed. With this, Emma’s identity and pride falls dramatically as she no longer sees herself as perfect and almost “God like”.
As if she has fallen from grace due to her misjudgment and fantasy, Emma’s ego begins to decline as the audience can see throughout the end of the novel. Particularly, I found this quote one of the important lines of the novel.
“Emma’s eyes were instantly withdrawn; and she sat silently meditating” (Austen, 396)
I believe this is Austen telling the audience that we should not portray ourselves as superior or higher in a spiritual and psychological way. Because this is when we begin to imagine the world incorrectly and lose our connection to reality.
Austen, Jane. Emma. London: Harper Collins, 2016