Emma Woodhouse and Frank Churchill

Jane Austen in her novel, 'Emma', has created two very identical characters namely the heroine of the novel, Emma and the man she becomes infatuated with, Frank Churchill. Both the characters bear many similarities with regard to their disposition, attributes and social standing. The passages that introduce the two characters reveal that they both grew up in affluent families and did not have much to worry about. This opulence had a profound impact on their personalities and both turned into vain, self-absorbed persons as adults.

A brief look at the introduction of Frank and Emma shows how the two characters acquired similar attributes. The opening lines of the novel introduce the heroine in these words:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in...
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