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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 is 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, she soon d*****covers that she does not fit in that world, and her discontent begins to grow. She then has two adulterous affairs, with Rodolphe and Leon, both of which disappoint her terribly. In the course of ***** love affairs, she overspends her husb*****'s money, making so many debts that she can not repay them. She eventually commits suicide by taking an overdose of arsenic. *****'s discontent with the whole of 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 is about ***** marry Charles Bovary, so the reader does not ***** much informati***** about her *****er years. However, Flaubert tells us ***** she had been at a convent as a child, and that ***** place, instead of sobering *****, incre*****ed her natural disposition towards passion and melancholy. The thing that is ***** easily noticeable in Emma's character ***** that ***** permanently tries to fit reality in***** her own idealized view of the world. Her attitude in front ***** life resembles to a great extent ***** of Don Quixote, she too seems to have learned every***** she knows about ***** from books. The main difference is however, that ***** Quixote's bonhomie is re*****d by Emma's depressive moods and spleens. Emma certainly acts immaturely ***** impulsively, without ever making the d*****tinction between ***** good and bad, j*****t like a child. Even when she h*****s her own child, ***** recklessness continues just the same. Judged from a psychological point of view, Emma is a child who pl*****ys at life and is unable to accept reality for wh***** it is. However, it should be noted ***** *****'s construction ***** her feminine, fantasy ***** is also a method of escaping from the patriarchal world in which ***** lives in.

***** actions all through ***** novel only betoken one thing: she is completely self-centered and narcissistic, ***** ***** in a world of her own. ***** is irresponsible and ***** no dist*****ction 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 makes no scruples to betray her husband with her two lovers. Moreover, ***** gives in to spend*****g all her m*****y recklessly, until she finds it impossible to give it back. She might seem materialistic ***** a ***** point, but in fact her love for luxury is rooted in her narcissism. ***** ***** desires to have a "background" of luxury. She is a beautiful woman, almost strikingly beautiful, and what ***** needs to fulfill

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