“Could He Even Have Seen into Her Heart”: Mr. Knightley’s Development of Sympathy » JASNA
Emma is a novel written by Jane Austen, which is based on real- life situations of the Woodhouse and her relationship with Mr. George Knightley, Jane Fairfax and her relationship He proposes her for the second time, and she accepts his . A summary of Chapters 49–51 in Jane Austen's Emma. When Emma congratulates Knightley on his insight into their relationship and sighs, “I seem to have. Unlike many of Jane Austen's heroines, Emma Woodhouse has neither condition, her mother's early death, and the marriage of her older sister to refuse Robert Martin's proposal, until Mr. Knightley learns of her role.
Knightley acted as a sensable, thoughtful, and judging sort of a person. Therefore, he is considered as a voice of reason, and has a prominent contribution in bringing about change in Emma.
And the main reasons behind these flaws were that there is no one to point them out. So, initially in the novel, when Mr. And as a result she never tried to rectify her mistakes. Emma once talking with Mrs. That actually, she is the one who comeup with an idea, and imaginations; and then because of her thick headedness, she stick to it, despite the fact that someone i. Knightley always points them out right at the beginning. But Emma was over-confident by her idea of Harriet Smith belonging to a noble family.
Therefore, she tries to mould Harriet according to her own social class. And also tries to make her match with Mr. Elton a village vicar. Knightley foresees the bad influence of Harriet on Emma, and Emma on Harriet. About Harriet he said: She knows nothing herself, and looks upon Emma as knowing everything. She is a flatterer in all her ways; and so much the worse, because undersigned.
Knightley clearly knows the limitation of class differences. As in front of Harriet, Martin is much more superior. Knightley also points that out to her, when he came to know that Harriet has rejected Martin.
Emma, your infatuation about the girl blinds you. She respects his judgment. Somewhere, she also knows that whatever Mr. Knightley is criticizing her about, is right.
But her egotism hinders her to acknowledge his opinion, and makes her uncomfortable. In half a minute they were together. The "How d'ye do's" were quiet and constrained on each side.
She asked after their mutual friends; they were all well He meant to walk with her, she found.
She thought he was often looking at her, and trying for a fuller view of her face than it suited her to give. And this belief produced another dread. Perhaps he wanted to speak to her, of his attachment to Harriet; he might be watching for encouragement to begin.
He must do it all himself. Yet she could not bear this silence. In this scene Mr. Knightley has not shown modesty about his opinions or recognized any potential merit in what Emma says. He has conveyed his anger and disapprobation of her behavior, but he has not recognized how his anger could be affecting her.
He is neither amiable nor showing good self-command. They revisit this issue of judgment when Mr. Knightley, after keeping away, finally returns to Hartfield for the visit of John and Isabella at Christmas.
With the aid of her niece, Emma gets Mr.
Knightley views his judgment as better. Knightley answers in a way that shows he shares Mr. In this scene, although Mr. Knightley has again shown little modesty concerning his superior judgment, they have at least come to an emotional connection by both sympathizing with the distress of Robert Martin.
Sympathetic imagination is addressed again when Emma and Mr. When Emma and Mrs. Weston had discussed this discourtesy earlier, Mrs.
Emma has shown sympathy for the anxious feelings of her friend about the meeting. Knightley and says that Mr. Knightley does not understand those different from him.
She tells him that he does not understand dependence: You are the worst judge in the world, Mr. Knightley, of the difficulties of dependence.
Like an impartial spectator, Mr. Knightley argues about duty: A man who felt rightly would say at once, simply and resolutely, to Mrs. I must go and see my father immediately. I know he would be hurt by my failing in such a mark of respect to him. As the scene progresses, Emma continues to urge Mr.
Knightley to have sympathy. Several times she asks Mr.
As a woman, Emma understands that opposing parental figures is difficult. It ought to have been an habit with him by this time, of following his duty, instead of consulting expediency. As he became rational, he ought to have. Knightley can take the position of the Westons but does not take the perspective of either Emma as the recipient of his arguments or Frank.
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The ability to sympathize with the feelings of those who are different from you creates social harmony, according to Smithbut here Mr.
Knightley is not amiable or benevolent in his treatment of Emma Kenney He does not have good self-command of his emotions: Knightley and Emma have misread the underlying feelings of the other. Knightley thinks that Emma is romantically interested in Frank, and Emma is confused about why he has become so angry and judgmental.
At the end of volume 2, when they discuss whether Emma has time to care for their nephews, they bicker again, although more humorously: In this rebuttal, Emma implicitly accuses Mr.
Knightley of failing to understand her life. Knightley becomes more aware of his love for Emma, he uses his sympathetic imagination better.Emma (1996) Part 8/8
At the ball, when Mr. They end by joining a dance—their mutual goodwill and concession of errors allowing them to see each other in a new way. When a large party has tea at Hartfield and plays with scrambled letters, the reader sees Mr.