Emma Study Guide

Emma

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma is Jane Austen's classic 1815 novel of misguided matchmaking, following socialite Emma Woodhouse as she attempts to find her friend Harriet the perfect husband. Emma's scheming soon causes misunderstandings not only involving Harriet, but also Mr. Elton, the vicar, Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax, Highbury peers of Emma's, and Mr. Knightley, the Woodhouse's family friend. Though Emma's attempts to manipulate love prove futile and her pride in her matchmaking abilities unfounded, everyone gets their own happy ending as Austen explores themes of social status, objectivity, and misunderstanding.