Marriages and Love in Emma
Love is a forever topic in novels, yet so is in Emma. Love is a wonderful thing. When you really fall in love , you can not escape. In our eyes, marriage is the results of love. If you love someone, and that person loves you at the same time, you can get married for granted at the right time. However, marriages in Emma are different from what we think. They are the results of so many comprehensive factors. Let’s
enjoy them together.
Emma Woodhouse,21, who was a lady with beauty, wealth and intelligence. It seemed that she was perfect. Yet she was popular in peers and relatives , and many gentle man fell in love with her. However ,maybe just because of these merits, she was so proud, even she took it for granted that she could control others’ marriages.
Harriet Smith, the natural daughter of somebody, Emma’s walking
companion, is the leading character in Emma’s matchmaking fantasy.
She and Mr Martin fell in love with each other. Even though, she refused Martin’s proposal, because Emma thought Mr Martin couldn’t
match Harriet, and this marriage would thrown Harriet out of all good society. In Emma’s eyes, only by appropriate marriage could Harriet change her poor life. So this was a view that marriage shouldn’t be the
outcome of love, but the means entering good society. Then Emma made a match between Harriet Smith and Mr Elton, and later somebody
Mr Elton wsa a good-humoured , cheerful, obliging, and gentle. Although Emma tried great efforts to make a match between Elton and Harriet, finally, it was in vain, It was Emma that Elton was really interested in, instead of Harriet. Was because Emma more pretty than Harriet? No, it was wrong, absolutely wrong. In fact, the real reason was that Emma was much richer than Harriet, the economic factor was the key factor. However, Emma was angry with Elton, of course, she refused Elton, not just because Mr Elton wasn’t Emma’s Mr Right, but
Emma didn’t think Elton could match her at all. Finally, it turned out that Elton married a wealthy woman. What a coincidence, the woman got married with Elton not because of love but his good-looking. So it was a deal.
Marriages should be based on equality and money. In Emma, Miss Churchill and Mr Weston’s marriage was the best evidence. Their
marriage was an unsuitable connection, and didn’t produce much
happiness. Abandoned her brother’s disagreement, Miss Churchill got
married with poor Mr Weston, because of this, her fortune bone no proportion to the family estate. Although Mr Elton had warm heart and sweet temper, and Miss Churchill still loved him very much, these aspects couldn’t stop Miss Churchill from missing the luxuries of her former home. Finally, the marriage ended up with Miss Churchill’s
death after three years’ marriage. What a pity. What an amazing
Although , there were still some perfect marriages. On one hand, they loved each other, on the other hand, they were equal to each other. Miss Taylor and Mr Weston’s marriage was the example, they lived
happily and comfortably with little money but equality. Besides, Harriet and Martin were proved to be a perfect match, in final, they got married after a lot of suffering. What’s more, Emma and Mr Knightley fell in
love with each other, with equality, their marriage was a suitable connection. So the most important factor among these happy marriages was more equality than love.
Through so many marriages in Emma, we could summarize some views. For some person, happy marriages should include in both love and equality at the same time, but equality was the presupposition. However, for some person, marriage was nothing but a deal, which they could get something they were really interested in.