Study Guide

Emma Three Act Plot Analysis

By Jane Austen

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Emma befriends Harriet Smith and decides to set her up with Mr. Elton. Elton proposes to Emma instead.

Act II

Frank Churchill, the dashing young son of Emma’s friend Mr. Weston, seems like the perfect match for Emma. She falls out of love with him, however – which is lucky, because he’s already engaged. Harriet declares that she loves Mr. Knightley.


Emma realizes the errors of her ways. She regrets her attempts to make marriages. Luckily, Mr. Knightley is in love with Emma. Everything gets sorted out in the end.