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question Select a moment or scene in a novel that you find especially memorable The novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert has many lessons hidden in seemingly ordinary dialogue or scenes in the text One of the most memorable and powerful passages contains what is a veritable moral of the novel In the last third of the book Emma Bovarys life goes on a rapid downward spiral and in one significant scene she reflects on her life past and what she has learned from her affairs One line strikes the reader everything was a lie This avowal can be applied to many different situations in the novel and can be said to be the chief lesson Flaubert wishes to incorporate In this passage Emma remembers her past a time when she was more innocent and perhaps less preoccupied with her troubles She remembers her time in the convent as a young girl--a time when she was happy and passionate about life for awhile Then she grew bored with the ordinary life of a student in a convent and the stories of love and passion called to her more than ever She remembers how she had longed for the love affairs that she had read about in her romance novels and how she had imagined her future She recalls how her imagination had carried her away into the depths of the story perhaps it is her imagination that is at fault for implanting these ideas in her head Life certainly has not turned out the way she dreamed Next she remember the few precious moments in her life the waltzes lovers etc She then decides that she was never happy Even though Emma has just listed several of the most happy moments in her life she feels that life is simply not satisfying The tone throughout this passage conveys what
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