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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert An Analysis of The Characters Madame Bovary written by Gustave Flaubert was considered very controversial when it was first published The novel was actually tried in a court of justice for obscenity because it was alleged to be concerned with adultery and contains situations and allusions that shocked the prudish philistine government of Napoleon III It was cited for offenses against morality and religion Censorship Fortunately Flaubert won his case and Madame Bovary remains to this day one of the masterpieces of French and world literature It still holds up fairly well today The psychological descriptions are so well depicted that they transport the readers to the characters most inner psyche An analysis can be made of the two most important roles composing this novel Emma and Charles Emma Bovary One may say that Emma Bovary is one of the most interesting women characters of world literature One of the major challenges of Madame Bovary is to figure out what leads to her self-destruction She does not cherish what she possesses but laments what happiness her world does not give her Hers is a story of spiritual emptiness and foolish idealism Emma tried to find out what one meant exactly in life by the words bliss passion ecstasy that had seemed to her so beautiful in books P 24 Madame Bovary She searches for what is found in the fantasy world of books in her own world and falls short of her expectations Charles her husband she takes for granted as She would have done so to the logs in the fireplace or to the pendulum of the clock Growing up on an isolated farm with few friends Emma began life as a lonely child Then upon entering the Catholic convent school she was completely shut off from the external world and turned inward for excitement During this time she read dozens of romance novels and formed an
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