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by Jane Austen

Emma Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think that Emma has given up matchmaking for good?
  2. Is it possible to imagine a novel like Emma in which the heroine doesn’t get married at the end? (If not, do we ever believe her when she says she won’t get hitched?)
  3. Could a man be the central character of this novel? Why or why not?
  4. How important is it that this novel isn’t written in first person (from Emma’s point of view)? What perspective do we gain from the narrator’s additions to the text?
  5. Will Emma and Mr. Knightley be happy, or not? What passages in the text make you think so?

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