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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, prov*****cial town in France, and she eventually marries a village doctor, Charles Bovary. She marries him willingly enough, but simply because she ardently wants to get married. However, she soon discovers 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 ***** which disappoint her terribly. In the course of ***** love affairs, she overspends her husband's money, making so many debts ***** she can not repay them. ***** eventually commits suicide by taking an overdose of arsenic. Emma's ***** with the whole ***** her surrounding reality is what actually makes of ***** a special character. When Emma firs appears on the stage, she is a young woman who is about ***** marry ***** Bovary, so the reader ***** not ***** much information ***** her younger years. *****, Flaubert tells us that she had been at a convent ********** a child, and that ***** place, instead of sobering her, increased ***** natural disposition towards passion and melancholy. The thing that is ***** easily noticeable in Emma's character is that she permanently tries to fit ***** ********** her own idealized view of the world. ***** attitude in front ***** life resembles to a great extent that of Don Quixote, she *****o seems to have learned everything ***** knows about reality from books. The main difference is however, that ***** Quixote's bonhomie ***** re*****d by Emma's depressive moods and spleens. Emma certainly acts immaturely ***** impulsively, ********** ever making the distinction between what good and bad, j*****t like a *****. Even when she ***** her own child, ***** recklessness continues just the same. Judged from a psychological point of view, Emma is a child ***** plays at ***** and is unable to accept reality for wh***** it is. However, ***** should be noted that *****'s construction ***** her feminine, fantasy ***** is also a method of escaping from the patriarchal world in ***** ***** lives in.

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

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