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In Gustave Flauberts Madame Bovary the characters Leon Dupuis and Rodolphe Boulanger share similar attributes as well as contrasting ones The similarity and contrasting characteristics of their personalities are illustrated through their actions words as well as by the remarks made by the other characters in the novel concerning them Leon and Rodolphe are both admired by their peers and they are both lovers of Madame Bovary however the resemblance ends there Leons personality is the exact opposite of Rodolphes Leon is humble unassertive and compassionate while Rodolphe is haughty unrelenting and obdurateLeons modesty shyness and kindness are depicted through Flauberts description of him Leon was shy by nature with the sort of reserve made up of both modesty and dissimulation Flaubert also makes it evident that Leon is well liked and admired by others In Yonville it was found that he had very elegant mannersMonsieur Homais valued him for his education and Madame Homais was fond of him for his friendliness since he often took the children to the garden Leon is also very timid and has difficulty expressing his feelings towards Emma Leon tortured himself to discover how he could declare his feelings to her Leon between the fear of being indiscreet and the desire for an intimacy that he imagined almost impossible did not know how to proceedRodolphe in contrast to Leon is bold ruthless cunning and devious Rodolphe is hardhearted and extremely intelligent He is also a very experienced man he had spent a lot of time in female company and was very knowledgeable about women He is so intent on making Emma his that hell be bled if he has to Rodolphe uses various ploys to try and woo Emma He attempts to manipulate her by spewing forth sweet lies and portraying to be a pathetic miserable man in order to gain her affections Rodolphe claims that he arose and came to Emmas house every night and little did
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