"Emma" Book Review by Peter Pen

An analysis of the methods used by Jane Austen to develop the character of Emma Woodhouse in her book, "Emma."
# 97788 | 1,648 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007
Published on Aug 31, 2007 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes the construction and development of Emma Woodhouse's character in "Emma," by Jane Austen. It looks at the methods that Austen uses to develop the protagonist of her novel and her relationship with Mr Knightly. The paper also shows how Austen successfully distributed the descriptions and dialogues along with some internal monologues in different parts of the novel.

From the Paper:

"Throughout the novel we as the readers observe how the author develops Emma's character by using different distribution of descriptions, dialogues and internal monologues throughout the length of the novel. Competently, Jane Austen shows us the transformation of Emma from a spoiled girl to a mature person who is able to look within herself and understand the world around her a lot better. In the beginning of the novel, Austen heavily used descriptions in order to introduce the main character of this story, Emma Woodhouse. After the original introduction, she relied on dialogues in order to let her audience understand and judge Emma's character and attitude from their own point of view. In particular, Mr.Knightly's conversations with Emma are the most important dialogues in the book because they make the story take some critical turns. Internal monologues play key roles in this novel as well, as they are the indicators of major transformations in Emma's character. By using internal monologues the author has allowed her readers to have direct access to Emma's feelings and inner thoughts. We can conclude the fact that Jane Austen has used three major methods of character introduction in this novel to connect her reader's to her main character, Emma Woodhouse, and allow the readers to be able to find out more about Emma by their own readings through dialogues and internal monologues."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Austen, Jane. Emma. Ed. James Kinsley. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Shannon, Edgar F. Jr. "Emma: Character and Construction." PMLA Vol. 71, No. 4. (Sep., 1956): 637-650. JSTOR. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 2 April 2007<http://www.jstor.org/about/terms.html>.
  • Thaden, Barbara Z. "Figure and Ground: The Receding Heroine in Jane Austen's "Emma."" South Atlantic Review Vol. 55, No. 1. (Jan., 1990): 47-62. JSTOR. South Atlantic Modern Association, University Of North Carolina, N.C. 3 April 2007 <http://www.jstor.org/about/terms.html>.

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