Jane Austen's EMMA
In chapter one of Jane Austen's Emma, Mr. Woodhouse said, "Emma never thinks of herself, if she can do good to others." Explores the truth of that quote, using chapters 1- 20 as the basis for the answer.
Whilst examining this quote, one must presume that Mr. Woodhouse is an unbiased source, in order to fully examine both possibilities: one being that Emma is extremely unselfish and considerate, as the quote presumes, and the other being that Emma is being overindulged and flattered by her elderly father, and that she is not really the perfect lady that she is presented as. I as a reader immediately notice that Mr. Woodhouse is extremely biased towards Emma; in fact, he is so biased that he cannot find any fault in his daughter. They share an extremely close bond as daughter and father, which causes Mr. Woodhouse's almost blind adoration of his youngest daughter Emma. If I consider the quote as so unbiased as I study the quotation and its truthfulness, I may feel obliged to totally disagree with it without considering any of Emma's good...