Essay - Madame Bovary: Emma, Woman or Child? Flaubert's Famous Heroine Emma...


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Madame Bovary: Emma, Woman or Child?

Flaubert's famous heroine Emma ***** is one of the most original characters in French literature. Her story ***** a tragic one. She lives in a quiet, provincial town in France, and she eventually marries a village doctor, Charles Bovary. She ***** him willingly enough, but simply because she ardently wants to get married. However, ***** soon discovers that she does not fit in that world, and her discontent begins to grow. ***** then has two adulterous affairs, with Rodolphe ***** Leon, both ***** which disappoint her terribly. In the course of her love affairs, she overspends her husband's money, making so many debts that she can not repay them. She eventually commits suicide by taking an overdose of arsenic. Emma's ***** with the whole ***** her surrounding reality is what actually makes of her a special character. When Emma firs appears on the stage, she is a young wom***** who ***** about ***** marry ***** Bovary, so the reader does not get much informati***** ***** her younger years. However, Flaubert tells us that she had been at a convent ********** a child, and that the place, instead of sobering her, increased her natural disposition towards passion and melancholy. The thing ***** is ***** easily noticeable in ***** character is that she permanently tries to fit reality ********** her own idealized view ***** the world. Her attitude in front of life resembles to a great extent that of Don Quixote, she *****o seems to have learned every***** ***** knows about ***** from books. The main difference is however, ***** Don Quixote's bonhomie ***** re*****d by Emma's depressive moods and spleens. Emma certainly acts immaturely ***** impulsively, without ever making the distinction between what good and bad, just like a child. Even when she has ***** own child, her recklessness continues just the same. Judged from a psychological point of view, ***** is a child ***** pl*****ys at ***** ***** is unable to accept reality for ***** it is. However, ***** should be noted th***** Emma's construction ***** her feminine, fantasy ***** is also a method of escaping ***** the patriarchal world in ***** she lives in.

***** actions all through the novel only betoken one thing: she is completely self-centered and narcissistic, and ***** in a world of her own. ***** is irresponsible ***** ***** no ***** between good and bad. She gives vent to ***** her impulses, f*****ding inspiration in ***** romantic and adventurous books she reads, like Paul and Virg*****ia, ***** example. Emma is, to a certain extent immoral ***** makes no scruples ***** betray ***** husband with her two lovers. Moreover, she gives in to spend*****g all ***** money recklessly, until ***** finds it impossible to give it back. She might seem materialistic to a ***** point, but in fact her love for luxury is rooted in her narcissism. ***** Bovary desires ***** have a "background" of luxury. She is a beautiful woman, almost strikingly *****, and what she needs to fulfill

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