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the story emma by carolyn cole  , describe the characters

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ijagessar | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 9, 2011 at 3:42 AM via web

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the story emma by carolyn cole  , describe the characters

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newenglishrose | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:52 AM (Answer #1)

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It's been a while since I read this, but I can never forget its striking impact on me, I was chosen to read it to the class and broke down crying in front of everyone at the end, which is quite out of character! Emma is a very beautiful lady of leisure, she has stepped down from an active social life after giving birth to Doreen in order to spend more time with her daughter. Her Husband Jack is a notorious cheater. It is obvious that he is not faithful to Emma, and has only settled down out of obligation to his daughter. He is deceptive, as when Emma's father comes to visit he comes home early very night and spends time with his family to give the appearance to his father in law of a loving father and husband. The story is written in the perspective of Doreen, or Dory, who idolises her mother Emma, and along with her best friend and neighbour Maria vows to be just like her when she grows up, and take turns to role play her. Maria is a little older than Dory, and so one step ahead of her in understanding life, although not very knowledgable herself. She teaches Dory about games, the least complicated one being little joker, a more complicated one the strange behaviour of the adults around them. Jack is playing a game with Emma and a 'lady at the train station' who the girls see him meet. Maria belittles Dory quite a lot, and Dory indeed believes Maria to know and understand everything.  Mrs Robinson is Maria's mother, a woman with an agenda, and as the plot unravels we see her maniplative nature and shocking behaviour for a mother.

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newenglishrose | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:57 AM (Answer #2)

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It's been a while since I read this, but I can never forget its striking impact on me, I was chosen to read it to the class and broke down crying in front of everyone at the end, which is quite out of character! Emma is a very beautiful lady of leisure, she has stepped down from an active social life after giving birth to Doreen in order to spend more time with her daughter. Her Husband Jack is a notorious cheater. It is obvious that he is not faithful to Emma, and has only settled down out of obligation to his daughter, but Emma seems desperate to believe she is the only one. She is a strong woman, some might say, spending time trying to give her child a happy home while her life and her husband are slipping away. She refuses to send Dory to boarding school as a neighbour suggests she do to keep Jack interested. 'We need to spend time with Dory' .Jack is deceptive, as when Emma's father comes to visit he comes home early very night and spends time with his family to give the appearance to his father in law of a loving father and husband. The story is written in the perspective of Doreen, or Dory, who idolises her mother Emma, and along with her best friend and neighbour Maria vows to be just like her when she grows up, and take turns to role play her. Maria is a little older than Dory, and so one step ahead of her in understanding life, although not very knowledgable herself. As the story is told by Dory, we learn what is going on as she does. Maria teaches Dory about games, the least complicated one being little joker, a more complicated one the strange behaviour of the adults around them.  Jack is playing a game with Emma and a 'lady at the train station' who the girls see him meet. Maria belittles Dory quite a lot, and Dory indeed believes Maria to know and understand everything.  Mrs Robinson is Maria's mother, a woman with an agenda, and as the plot unravels we see her maniplative nature and shocking behaviour for a mother.

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