Frank Churchill and Mr. Knightley: Austen's Representation of Different Sets of Values 11th Grade

From their introductions in Emma, Jane Austen sets the characters of Frank Churchill and Mr. Knightley apart, with Mr. Knightley immediately being described as "a sensible man" while Frank Churchill is described as "very good-looking" and in possession of a cheerful constitution much like his father's. While there are similarities between the two such as their polite and affectionate manners towards those they care for, they differ mostly because of their differences in being reserved. Frank is rather indifferent towards the mixing of classes and can probably be most aptly described as a "dandy" in his speech and actions. Mr. Knightley on the other hand carries out his duties in their society without crossing the bounds of social propriety and almost always expresses 'correct' opinions with a simplicity and logic which is not only educational to Emma but also to the readers. While both are seen to have good, charming qualities, the novel does however seem to value Mr. Knightley's qualities above Frank's and as seen through Emma's eyes, upholds Mr. Knightley as the gold standard for the ideal "English man".

Frank Churchill is seen by many of the characters as an ideal man because of his good looks and charm. It would appear that...

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