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Nowhere is the discrepancy between Emmas dreams and the realities of the world outside made clearer than in her choice of lovers pxiv Discuss the characterisation of Emma Bovary in the novel In the novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert the character of Emma has two different lovers who present an impossible romantic ideal that she aspires to She expected these men to transport her from her ordinary mundane life into of one of the romantic novels she reads But both of these romances begin with love and end in disgust The first ends with Emmas lover reacting to her possessive lust by cruelly separating himself from her and the other being overwhelmed by Emmas fervent passions In both of these cases Emma fails to realize that the fault for the ruin of these relationships lies with herself All she realises is that her sensual appetite has not been fed and she longs for the perfect man to make her happy Emmas first lover Rodolph Boulanger is a wealthy and bored bachelor He is seduced by Emmas beauty but he does not share her romantic ideals he treats her like simply another one of his many previous lovers and from the start is thinking of how he can leave her when he grows tired of her Until the end of the relationship Emma believes that she is deeply in love with Rodolph and that he has these feelings for her While Rodolph does sometimes think he is in love with her Her eyes full of tears flashed like flames beneath a wave her breast heaved he had never loved her so much so that he lost his head p148 He is never truly devoted she is just on in a long line of lovers No matter She was a pretty mistress p153 To Emma Rodolph represents the ideal husband wealthy handsome passionate and romantic But he is unwilling to be tied down he
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