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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. ***** ***** 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. She then has two adulterous affairs, with Rodolphe ***** Leon, both ***** which disappoint her terribly. In the course of her love affairs, she overspends ***** husband's money, making so many debts that she can not repay them. ***** eventually commits suicide by taking an overdose of arsenic. Emma's discontent with the whole of her surrounding reality is what actually makes of ***** a special character. When Emma firs appears on the stage, she is a young wom***** who ***** about ***** marry Charles Bovary, so the reader ***** not ***** much informati***** ***** her younger years. However, Flaubert tells us ***** she had been at a convent ********** a child, and that ***** place, instead of sobering *****, increased her natural disposition towards passion and melancholy. The thing ***** is most easily noticeable in ***** character ***** that she permanently tries to fit reality into ***** own idealized view of the world. ***** attitude in front of life resembles to a great extent that of Don Quixote, she *****o seems to have learned every***** she 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, *****out ever making the d*****tinction between ***** good and bad, j*****t like a child. Even when she ***** her own child, ***** recklessness continues just the s*****me. Judged from a psychological point of view, Emma is a ***** ***** plays at life ***** is unable to accept ***** for wh***** it is. However, ***** should be noted that Emma's construction of her feminine, fantasy ***** is also a method ***** 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 world of her own. She is irresponsible ***** ***** no dist*****ction between good and bad. She gives vent to all her impulses, finding inspiration in the romantic and adventurous ***** she reads, like Paul and Virginia, ***** example. Emma is, to a certain extent immoral ***** makes no scruples to betray ***** husband with her two lovers. Moreover, ***** ***** in to spend*****g all her money recklessly, until she finds it impossible to give ***** back. She might seem materialistic ***** a ***** point, but in fact her love for luxury is rooted in her narcissism. Emma Bovary desires to ***** a "background" of luxury. ***** is a beautiful woman, almost strikingly beautiful, and what she needs to fulfill

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