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, prov*****cial town in France, and she eventually marries a village doctor, Charles Bovary. ***** ***** him willingly enough, but simply because ***** ardently wants to get married. However, she soon discovers that she does not fit in ***** 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 her husband's money, making so many debts that she can not repay them. ***** eventually commits suicide by taking an overdose of arsenic. ********** ***** ***** 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 is about to marry Charles Bovary, so the reader does not get much informati***** about her *****er years. However, Flaubert tells us ***** she had been at a convent *****s a child, and that ***** place, instead of sobering *****, increased her natural disposition towards passion and melancholy. The thing that is most easily noticeable in Emma's character is that she permanently tries to ***** reality *****to her 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 everything ***** knows about ***** from books. The main difference is however, ***** Don Quixote's bonhomie is replaced by Emma's depressive moods and spleens. Emma certainly acts immaturely ***** impulsively, without ever ***** the distinction between ***** good and bad, j*****t like a *****. Even when she ***** ***** own child, her recklessness continues just the same. Judged from a psychological point of view, Emma is a child ***** pl*****ys at ***** ***** is unable to accept reality for what it is. However, it should be noted that Emma's construction of her feminine, fantasy world is also a method of escaping ***** the patriarchal world in which she lives in.

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

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