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Gustave Flauberts Madame Bovary takes place in Tostes and Yonville in the middle of the nineteenth century and examines the Petite Bourgeois society of southern rural France Emma the protagonist marries Dr Charles Bovary and settles in Tostes At first she is excited and pleased with her marriage but because of her superficial romantic ideals she soon becomes bored and disillusioned by her new life and as a result becomes ill Dr Bovary decided to move to Yonville in hope that Emmas health will improve Madame Bovarys unhappiness continues until she meets Leon a young law clerk and Rodolphe a decadent aristocrat and has an adulterous affair with each During this time Emma spends Charles money freely and incurs many debts She keeps these secrets from Bovary and manages to gain Power of Attorney so she can have full access over all their financial affairs Eventually Emmas unpaid bills become overdue and her creditors put a judgement against her Emma tries to raise enough money to pay the bills and even resorts to Rodolphe and Leon for help not neither are willing to aid her Out of shame Emma poisons herself and suffers a painful death Shortly afterward Charles dies Emma searches for happiness passion and intoxication 55 because she cannot accept her status in the Petite Bourgeois society First through her affair with Rodolphe and then Leon Emma tries to escape the rural dullness of her life but ultimately fails Madame Bovarys affair with Rodolphe is an attempt to escape the dullness of her life For example after Leon deserts Emma she falls into a period of mourning She dreams about Leon and the many romanticized conversations they shared But one day Rodolphe brings one of his servant s to be treated by Dr Bovary and Emma immediately becomes infatuated with Rodolphe At the Agricultural Show Rodolphe plots to seduce Emma and successfully achieves his goal Emma is infatuated with Rodolphe because she feels
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