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The reason why Flauberts book was so controversial during his time is because readers thought that he was glorifying adultery and insinuating that French middle-class women were lecherous whores Another reason for the controversy would be Flauberts scandalous descriptions of Emmas lewd sexual acts such as Emmas tearing off of her corset before having sex with Rodolphe and her seemingly regretless attitude towards her liaisons To the readers at the time it seemed as if Flaubert was saying that it was all right for a woman to have an extramarital affair if she were not satisfied with her husband To modern readers of course this is not entirely the case Today Flauberts Madame Bovary has lost some of its scandalous nature due in large part to the proliferation of more sexually descriptive literature However within the constrains of todays society it is still entirely unacceptable for a woman to leave her husband to find sexual fulfillment with another man In todays world Emma is widely seen as a whiny brat whose whims and wants are overindulged by a lovingly blind husband Most readers find her capriciousness and lack of comprehension of how her life really is extremely irritating and find it difficult to feel pity for her during her periods of illness The real pity however falls on Charles and his lack of perception into the depths of Emmas troubled mind The controversy is also a sex-based opinion in which nearly all men will find Flauberts book to be a work that undermines family and moral values and while some women can relate to Emmas sexual tensions
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