Emile Setting & Symbolism

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Geneva, Switzerland

This is the birthplace of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Paris

This is the capital of France. Rousseau lived there during a substantial portion of his life.

England

This was the home of the philosopher John Locke, and is the nation to which Rousseau fled, to be sheltered by David Hume, when he was persecuted in France as a direct consequence for having Emile published and marketed publicly in France.

swaddling clothes

These come up at the beginning of the first book. They are discussed in relation to reforms that the author is proposing about the care of infants. They are strips of cloth that are used to tightly wrap a baby. Rousseau argues against their use, claiming that they harm the child for the convenience of the carer.

prince

This is a role, and as such not an object in any ordinary sense. The author claims that if...

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