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by Jane Austen

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Is Emma, the main character of this novel, a round character or a flat character?

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Emma is round a character for two reasons. First, she has many facets to her character and personality. She has likable traits and many flaws, just as a real person does. Second, she is rounded because, like a real person, she learns and grows. She is, in important ways, arguably a different person at the end of the novel than at the beginning.

Emma's "good" traits include her beauty, wealth, and energy. She is also genuinely kind to her father and good at handling his sensitivities. She is terrific with children, such as her sister's offspring. She is generous as well when she has the chance. For example, when Mrs. and Miss Bates come to dinner, Emma makes sure these financially strained women get enough eat, even though her father's health neuroses make him want to feed them nothing but watered wine and thin gruel. Emma cuts them big pieces of cake and even,...

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