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I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like were Jane Austens exact thoughts on her novel Emma prior to writing it in 1816 And that is exactly what she proceeded to do Jane Austen was influenced by the society at the time when she was writing which was at the cusp of the Augustan era where people had very set ways and abided to all rules and the Romanticism era where people were learning to develop a new found freedom towards society in general When writing the novel Emma Austen aimed to put across the point of women in society at that era She also wanted to depict the different class divisions showing how she greatly disapproved of them and how damaging she thought they were towards how people were judged not by their personality but how much money they had how big their house was or such like However the early nineteenth century did not welcome women with attitudes of free will or those who did not conform to societys expectations of marriage as we are shown with the unfortunate character of Miss Bates This was much frowned upon as in those days women of lower classes were expected to marry no matter what In the novel Harriet was of a lower social class than Emma and this was shown through how they behaved and was easy to depict as the two characters spent so much time with one another so we can see the immediate contrast The women in society in Jane Austens life were negatively portrayed as they were always put second best to men and they were not appreciated for their mind but more for their looks and ability to be a good wife Austen subtly criticised the way society forced women to be reliant on men We saw this when she talked about Mrs and Miss Bates being single and poor but still
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