Jane Austen’s Emma – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis


Yo yo whatup? This week on Thug Notes we on the come up
with Emma by Jane Austen. 21 year old Emma Woodhouse is finest lil thang
in Highbury. Girl got it all – hella brains, high class
rep, and PHAT stacks. Thang is, this dime piece wanna keep livin
da single life. One night, she goin on bout how she hooked
up her Governess with a rich playboy named Mr. Weston, when her brutha-in-law Knightley
roll up to the crib. Emma tell him she gonna play matchmaker one
final time for this holy roller cat named Mr. Elton. Later, the Woodhouse fam throw a bangin’
party where Emma start conversatin’ with a sweet lil girl named Harriet Smith. Harriet ain’t exactly packin mad brains,
so Emma decide she gonna coach her to live the high life like she do. While she kickin’ it with Emma, Harriet
peep game at the the son of a family of farmers: Robert Martin- and her panties immediately
hit the FLO. “Damn he FINE!” But Emma like: “Ugh you don’t wanna mess
with no scrub-a** farmer, girl!” Emma thinkin she gotta hook her up with a
REAL playboy- like Elton. So Emma get her Cupid on and thangs lookin
good between Harriet and Elton, but when word come dat Robert Martin wanna get wit Harriet,
Emma like “ NUH-UH! You can’t be slummin it on a farm yo whole
life!” When Knightley recognize that Emma told Harriet
to dog Robert Martin, he like “Girl. You musta lost yo mind if you think Elton
care bout Harriet. He only care about rich b****es.” I mean women. Matta fact, Emma so blind, she don’t even
recognize dat Elton might be jonezin for HER a**. One night, Elton start throwin game at Emma,
and she all “Hold up! I thought you was eye-f***in Harriet on the
reg.” but he like, “oh that b****? I only talk to her cuz she tight with you.” Emma tell him “Boy please” Harriet all to’ up bout Elton not wantin’
her, but she beast through the pain and head off to visit some homies called The Bateses. Turns out, there’s a new gal on the block-
The Bateses niece Jane Fairfax. Jane is foxy, smart, and can bust a sick flow
on the pianoforte. EMMA is used to bein’ the one always turnin
heads, so she gettin all turnt that errbody diggin’ Jane’s game instead of hers; ESPECIALLY
since Jane ain’t got the phat stacks or rep she got. Soon, Mr. Weston’s son Frank Churchill drop
in and start choppin it up with Emma. Afta’ some good laughs, Frank gotta bounce
cuz his auntie sick, but from da looks of it- brutha might be gettin sweet on Emma. Emma like “Meh- he prolly better for Harriet.” Meanwhile, Mr. Elton end up gettin’ hitched
to some rich hussy that ain’t nobody can stand. Later, Frank come back to town, but Emma put
his a** in the friendzone. They decide hit the club anyway and when Harriet
rollin solo on the dance floor, Knightely step up and start freakin on her. A few days later, Harriet say she’s moved
on from Elton to someone way flyer. Emma thinkin it’s dat cat Frank since he
got her back when she was gettin mad dogged by a crew of gypsies couple days ago. Thang is, over the next two days, Frank start
dirty mackin Emma in front of the whole hood! Knightley say he gonna skip town for a few
days. But before he leave, it look like he bout
to kiss Emma’s hand, but he pull out at the last second. I know that move! Emma still geeked that he thought bout it,
though. Next day – Frank’s auntie take that long
dirt nap, so now Emma thinkin he can stop the bullshit and get with Harriet. But then- BREAK YO SELVES. Emma get word that Jane and Frank got engaged
on the low low! “Whaaaat? What about Harriet? And this jabroni been smooth talkin me while
he’s engaged? AW Haeeel Naw!” When news come to Harriet, she like “Psh. Girl I ain’t in to b**** a** chumps like
Frank- I got this other dude and IT. IS ON.” Emma like “Hold up girl. You talkin bout Knightley?” “Daaamn straight.” Emma start buggin HARD- cuz she start realizing
that SHE want to be with Knightley. Now Emma thinkin she shoulda never takin Harriet
outta the hood. Soon, Knightley come by and Emma thinkin he
probably gonna jabber bout Harriet’s booty. But SURPRISE B****- Knightley
say he love HER. Emma like: “Psh dat girl Harriet lost her
god damn mind.” Knightley proposes and Emma say “hell yeah
playa.” Put a ring on it! I mean… yeah, this one…this one Emma send Harriet a letter sayin “Sorry,
girl. Knightley is MY MAN now.” But later she find out Harriet gonna marry
dat farmer boy Robert Martin anyway, so she end up gettin her freak nasty on too. So both couples get married and it’s all good
in the hood. Like all fresh jams laid down by my girl Jane
Austen, this text got an a**load to say about women and society back in the day. Emma is a choice example of what an empowered
woman of the time looks like. Whereas most gals had to rely on men fo’
errything, Emma don’t need nuthin from nobody! She got da money and the power to control
her own life- both in the crib and in the hood. Sounds all good, right? Cept, dat control AIN’T all it’s cracked
up to be. Matta’ fact, it just turn her into an miserable
hater. “The real evils, indeed, of Emma’s situation
were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little
too well of herself: these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments. The danger, however, was at present so unperceived,
that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her.” Funny thang is, Knightley always tellin
Emma that it’s the duty of fat cats to look out for the po’ folk since they the leaders
of the hood. But like my girl Jane Austen do, she just
slangin irony up in here. Cuz money sho as hell don’t make people
act right toward ANYBODY. Check out dat f***boy Elton’s sugar mama. She JUST came up in the game and got PAID,
but STILL be actin like a fool: always actin nasty and sayin stoopid things in front of
errybody. Dat new money didn’t give her no cla**. But even without swole pockets, people still
actin out. Elton think he can get with Emma, but say
Harriet too much of a hood rat to marry. So it’s cool for Emma to slum it with you
but you’re too good for Harriet? F*** that, playa. Truth is, Austen hatin’ on ANYONE who obsessed
with rank or status- no matter what yo money look like. But she throw the MOST shade at Emma, who
spend her time thinkin dat people gotta stay in their place and anybody who try to better
themselves is just clownin. Just check what she say when Elton try to
put a ring on it: “…he must know that in fortune and consequence she was greatly
his superior. He must know that the Woodhouses had been
settled for several generations at Hartfield, the younger branch of a very ancient family,
and that the Eltons were nobody.” So if Emma such a hater, how can the reader tolerate her stank a**? Well that’s when my girl Jane Austen’s
pro writing skillz come in to play. She slangin this technique called free indirect
discourse. Basically, da narration is hella CLOSE to
Emma’s thoughts, but it also include some outside commentary, letting us step back from
her whack-a** perspective. So the audience can follow her motivations,
but not have to deal with all the shallow bulls*** up in her dome. You feel me? Thang is, though, Austen don’t use free
indirect discourse with da more righteous characters like Mrs. Weston and Knightely. Since Mrs. W and K-money too legit to quit,
Austen just let their words speak for themselves. It’s only when Emma learn that Harriet is
gonna marry da farmer boy, dat she recognize all this social status jive don’t mean nuthin. You can get rich like Mrs. Elton and still
act like a chump. Or you can be a low level hustler like Robert
Martin and still be classy. Even if you got humble beginnings like Mr.
Weston, high society gonna treat you right if you act real. If you SHOW respect, you gonna GET respect. Straight up. It don’t matter if you got cash or street
certified status- it’s all how you act that gonna git you where you goin. No matter where yo family come from or how
much you got in the bank, you should always focus on how you TREAT people. And if bein on the social comeup is da only
thing on yo mind, then you best check you’self, son, cuz you lookin in the wrrrrrooooong places,
yo. Dat s*** ain’t gonna make you a better person. Only yo actions can do that, ya feel me? Yo! Catch y’all next time, my well read ballas. Peace!

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100 thoughts on “Jane Austen’s Emma – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis”

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    Clueless was based off of this book

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  16. Sam Weth says:

    2:19 Wow, Jane Austen really did write her fan-ficy "best self" into all her novels didn't she?

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  29. Larena Gotay says:

    I think Clueless was based on this….

  30. Diana Valencia says:

    Yes. This book inspired clueless

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  33. Andrew Massanet says:

    You have to thoroughly understand the novel to riff like this. Well done!

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  42. Janee Baldwin says:

    Hahahah!! This is a perfect summary.

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  63. chillitz says:

    kinda glad i skipped this Austen book

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  81. antwan1357 says:

    I read this story is basically what Clueless is based upon , both novels , and movies I'll never take the time to waste my life with. Thank goodness for Thug summaries.

  82. Ivy Meadows says:

    Wait… was the movie Clueless just Emma??

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  84. shimaa tahoon says:

    I need to the style of jane Austen in Emma's novel

  85. Someone12 says:

    this is way better than gossip girl. Thanks, Jane Austen

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    Do Stephen Kings misery

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  93. luis quezada says:

    When is season 9 coming?! T_T

  94. kelvianna epperson says:

    I'm reading Emma now

  95. Adam Frishwasser says:

    Please Review the Chosen by Chaim Potok.

  96. Ryan Jeong says:

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    Love these

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    Over a year and a half and no new thug notes 😭

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