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Madame Bovary: Emma, Woman or Child?

Flaubert's famous heroine Emma Bovary is one of the most original characters in French literature. Her story ***** a tragic one. She lives in a quiet, prov*****cial 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 ***** world, and her discontent begins to grow. ***** then has two adulterous affairs, with Rodolphe ***** Leon, both of which disappoint her terribly. In the course of ***** 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 discontent ***** the whole ***** her surrounding reality is what actually makes of ***** a special character. When Emma firs appears on the stage, she is a young wom***** who is about to marry Charles Bovary, so the reader ***** not ***** much informati***** ***** her *****er years. *****, Flaubert tells us ***** she had been at a convent as a child, and that the place, instead of sobering *****, increased her natural disposition towards passion and melancholy. The thing that is ***** easily noticeable in ***** character ***** that she permanently tries to fit ***** ********** ***** own idealized view ***** the world. ***** attitude in front of life resembles to a great extent that of Don Quixote, she too seems to have learned every***** ***** knows about reality from books. The main difference is however, ***** ***** Quixote's bonhomie is re*****d by Emma's depressive moods and spleens. Emma certainly acts immaturely and impulsively, without ever making the d*****tinction between ***** good and bad, j*****t like a child. Even when she h*****s her own child, her recklessness continues just the same. Judged from a psychological point of view, Emma is a ***** ***** pl*****ys at ***** ***** is unable to accept reality for what it is. However, it should be noted that ********** construction ***** her feminine, fantasy ***** is also a method of escaping from the patriarchal world in ***** she lives in.

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

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