Book Review: Emma (Spoiler free)- Favbookshelf

Unquestionably reading classic literature has been proven to make one smarter and strengthen one’s thinking ability. But Emma by Jane Austen is one of the must-read classic literature pieces, and in this article, we bring you a book review of Emma.

About The Book

Emma by Jane Austen book review
Emma by Jane Austen

Title: Emma

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Classic Literature

Publisher: John Murray

Type: Standalone

Pages: 474 pages

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Though Emma is the fourth novel by Jane Austen, published in three volumes in 1815, set in Highbury, England, in the early 19th century, the novel centers on Emma Woodhouse, a clever, pretty, and self-satisfied young woman, the daughter, and mistress of the house, of Mr. Woodhouse. Besides, her former governess and companion, Anne Taylor, left them to marry Mr. Weston. But missing Miss Taylor’s companionship, Emma takes under her wing Harriet Smith, a parlor-boarder at the school in the neighboring village of Highbury. Harriet is the daughter of unknown parents. Emma’s active mindset to work on schemes for Harriet’s advancement and injudicious attempts lead, in the end, to considerable mortification. However, she rectifies her ill judgments and actions, and in the end, everything falls into place for all the characters.

Emma Book Review

Through this novel, Jane Austen touches on various themes like attachment, love, and marriage. The writer uses the book as a medium for criticizing society in general.

Certainly, Emma has all the usual Austen virtues – fine prose, wittiness, social criticism, and amiable characters, with an incredible plotline to stay with the readers beyond the book’s pages.

Our heroine, about whom Austen said, “no one but myself will much like,” is not unlikeable. Like all Austen’s heroines, Emma is quite a lovely, well-meaning girl. She’s full of herself, having been made the mistress of her mansion by her widowed father.

She thinks she knows what’s best for everyone, and since Emma has a romantic temperament but no desire to be tied down, she’s constantly inventing matches for everyone else.

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

Jane Austen, Emma

Emma may seem perfect, but she has her faults – lack of resolution to engage herself seriously in her studies, a want of consideration in her behavior toward others at times, and a tendency to make matches for people around her, to name a few.

Likewise, her father added a much-needed comic element to the plotline. And Mr. Knightley made for a perfect gentleman to make our hearts swoon.

The title of the novel is straightforward and concise. One may think that the writer did not pay much attention to it, but that’s the beauty of Jane Austen. This clear title encompasses the essence of her writing.

It makes one aware that the plot is mainly about the story’s protagonist. The language is of a more difficult standard and makes for a bit of a challenging read, but it is good to enhance one’s vocabulary.

“If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.”

Jane Austen, Emma

The plot was amusing and engaging, and I found it a real page-turner. Even though Austen narrates their drama with a slight tone of sarcasm, I still felt like I cared about what happened to the characters.

The romance aspect was well executed, with sufficient twists in each courtship. It was exciting and fun to follow along the journey of each character.


Rating: 4.5/5

Recommendation: Emma would make a perfect read for all romance and classic literature enthusiasts.

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About The Author

Jane Austen
Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist known for her six significant novels, including Pride and PrejudiceEmmaPersuasion, etc. She critiqued and commented upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Even two centuries later, she is one of the most famous authors.

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