Emma

What metaphors are used in Emma by Jane Austen?

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Interestingly enough, Austen holds true in her novel Emma with the use of dancing and balls as a metaphor for marriage. In this novel you can see it blatantly when Mr. Churchhill tells Emma that he doesn't want to dance with Jane at all....when in essence he really does. Then, later Mr. Elton snubs Harriet at the dance, which also signals his distaste in even considering marrying her.