Besides the usual Austenian themes of love, wealth, and class, Emma helps give us insight into ourselves. How do we really come to decisions, especially when those decisions concern other people? Do we know the whole story? Do we know what they really want? Or are we just taking our best guess? Sometimes, the decisions we make (especially those that concern others) have profoundly negative effects. Emma by Jane Austen is, like most of her other works, beloved for its complexity and relatable themes.
Emma learns this the hard way (as the best lessons are often learned). She tries her hand at several matches after her initial success, but they do not lead to the romance she expects. Instead, some romances that blossomed of their own accord are almost broken up.