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Reading provides an escape for people from theordinariness of everyday life Madame Bovary and AnnaKarenina dissatisfied with their lives pursued their dreamsof ecstasy and love through reading At the beginning of bothnovels Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary made active decisionsabout their future although these decisions were not alwaysrational As their lives started to disintegrate Emma andAnna sought to live out their dreams and fantasies throughreading Reading served as morphine allowing them to escapethe pain of everyday life but reading like morphine closedthem off from the rest of the world preventing them frommaking rational decisions It was Anna and Emmas loss ofreasoning and isolation that propelled them toward theirdownfall Emma at the beginning of the novel was someone who madeactive decisions about what she wanted She saw herself asthe master of her destiny Her affair with Rudolphe was madeafter her decision to live out her fantasies and escape theordinariness of her life and her marriage to Charles Emmasactive decisions though were based increasingly as the novelprogresses on her fantasies The lechery to which she fallsvictim is a product of the debilitating adventures her mindtakes These adventures are feed by the novels that shereads They were filled with love affairs lovers mistressespersecuted ladies fainting in lonely country housespostriders killed at every relay horses ridden to death onevery page dark forests palpitating hearts vows sobstears and kisses skiffs in the moonlight nightingales inthickets and gentlemen brave as lions gentle as lambsvirtuous as none really is and always ready to shed floodsof tearsFlaubert 31Footnote1Emmas already impaired reasoning and disappointingmarriage to Charles caused Emma to withdraw into readingbooks she fashioning herself a life based not in reality butin fantasy Anna Karenina at the begging of Tolstoys novel was abright and energetic women When Tolstoy first introduces usto Anna she appears as the paragon of virtue a women incharge of her own destiny He felt that he had to have another look at her- notbecause she was very beautiful not because
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