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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert is a novel about a woman who is never satisfied She is always searching for something new and when she finds that she quickly leaves it to search for yet one more thing Throughout the novel there is a constant reference to windows This motif is used by Flaubert to help give insights into the character of Emma By showing her in the context of windows Flaubert paints a picture of a woman who is constantly searching for excitement and a woman who is trapped inside her own life From the opening of the book the reader realizes that windows will be a major part of the novel Windows make up the crucial centers around which the plot is organized Rousset 161 Windows are used in two main ways in the novel as description tools that convey theme and as a way to convey theme through the character of Emma Windows become powerful description devices because they convey Emma Bovarys attitude towards life and the authors theme simply with description Because Emma does not like her married life the description of her home is not very flattering In her home the pallid light that filtered through the window faded softly away with little shadowy undulations Flaubert 16 Here the reader perceives a decidedly negative picture of the house simply from the light coming through the window Obviously Emma has many negative feelings about her life in that house However when she is with Rodolphe through the yellow curtains that draped the windows a soft old-gold light comes stealing Flaubert 18 This description is in stark contrast to the earlier one Emma obviously believes that being with someone new is a wonderful thing Flaubert thinks this is foolish however and the continual contrast between what the reader sees as reality and what Emma sees as her supposed reality creates a theme that Emma is not right in believing that it
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