The essay tells that the change in self-awareness is made obvious through the change in the character’s behavior, and actions, suggesting that life will now be different for them. For Emma, this change comes when she realizes her meddling has hurt her closest friend. “Mr. Knightley had spoken prophetically when he said once, “Emma, you have been no friend to Harriet Smith.” She was afraid she had done her nothing but disservice” (Austen 293).
In each of these three books, the character has made a startling discovery about themselves. Through a secondary character, Emma learns that she needs to trust in others more, and trust less in her own sense of right and wrong. Asher learns that in abandoning himself to his desires, he has will also lose much of what he loves about his life. Huck learns that society does not always know what is right and wrong and that he must learn to trust his own judgment, but also must rely on others. All three protagonists learned that personal desire can lead to downfall, if not held in check by the desire to others. The reader sees these changes in both the climax of the novel and in the characters abrupt change in behavior.
In Emma, My Name is Asher Lev, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the journeys of the protagonists led them to increased self-awareness of social issues, internal desires, and interpersonal relationships. Like all novels, these characters learned about themselves. However, they not only learned about themselves but how others can impact the journey to self-awareness.