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From earliest infancy an individuals character is molded by experience In Gustave Flauberts novel entitled Madame Bovary Emmas unorthodox behavior during her married life can be attriuted to the illusions she maintained about life during her girlhood These combined with her fathers disinterest in her mental happiness become the force which eventually leads Emma Bovary to commit suicide When she was 13 years old Pere Rouault took his daughter Emma to town to put her in a convent where she would receive an education She received more than her father bargained for All that Emma later believed love should be she learned from books there mostly from romance novels lent to her and the other girls by an old maid who worked for the convent In the fine pages of those books Emma read of parted lovers excitement romance knights in armor and ladies in white satin dresses These novels painted a world where palm trees and pine trees lived together where lions and tigers roamed the forest with Roman Ruins surrounded by virgin forests and lakes full of swans And the shaded oil-lamp lit up all these pictures of the world which flowed by on after another in the silence of the dormitory to the distant sound of a late cab somewhere still rolling along the boulevards page 30 In short Emma fell in love with a world that never existed anywhere She embraced the elegance of the life in the pictures which she had hung in her dormitory and never did anyone tell her that such realities did not exist outside those pages Wishing for the impossible she was never satisfied with the here and now She could not find happiness and when Charles came along she was already depressed with life and was looking for anything to take her away in search of the things she was looking for Even Emmas father contributed
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