characterization of emma

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Discuss the characterization of Emma Woodhouse

in the first chapter of Jane Austen's Emma.

Jane Austen began writing Emma in 1814, and the book was published anonymously for the first time in 1816. Anne Taylor, Emma's governess, who had been extremely close to both Emma and her father, moves out to live with Mr Weston. In the absence of this confidante, Emma looks for a new friend and becomes acquainted with the seventeen year old, illegitimate girl Harriet.

The characterization of Emma Woodhouse

The first chapter of the book introduces the protagonist of the story, Emma Woodhouse, a twenty-one-year-old girl. She lives with her father, her mother already died at a very young age. So Emma was raised from the day of her fifth birthday on by a governess, Miss Taylor. Emma herself says about Miss Taylor that she 'fell little short of a mother in affection.' At the beginning of the novel, however, Miss Taylor has just married Mr. Weston. So Emma is being left alone after sixteen years of companionship of Miss Taylor. As much as she dislikes the fact that her governess married it was in fact she who brought the two lovers together. As of the day Miss Taylor and she met Mr Weston, she

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