How Does Jane Austen Present Emma's Character

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Many authors introduce their main characters in various ways. Jane Austen appears to introduce her protagonist Emma Woodhouse in the first sentence. Although she seems to describe the character, in reality the description, “handsome, clever, and rich…” is actually pretty vague. The reader learns no details of her appearance, nor any defining characteristics in her personality. Nevertheless, Austen slowly begins to develop Emma through the first volume. Throughout the first chapter, Austen indirectly exhibits Emma’s charming, clever wit in the dialogue but still never directly describes her character. Emma remains a mystery for the first few chapters. Finally, in chapter five, the readers get the first true physical description of Emma from
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