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email spatrickintegrixcomtitle The Need For ChangeChange is a central theme in the novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and is key to understanding the character of Emma Bovary Through parallel events the reader comes to realize that Emmas need for change is the result of the influence her early life had upon her At the convent Emma is left to develop into an extreme romantic with high hopes for excitement and dreams of sensuous pleasures that will never be fulfilled Thus when life refuses to conform to her romantic notions Emma alternates between various activities in her constant search for a way to consummate her romantic longings As a young girl from the country Emma is placed into a convent in the city Here Emma develops and receives nourishment for her already sentimental soul She looks upon copper crosses the sick lamb and the mystic altar with the vigor of a scholar on a quest for knowledge She listens intently to the sonorous lamentation of romantic melancholy which awakened unexpected joys within her Emma being isolated from the outside world is left alone to develop her capricious dreams that she reads about in novels gaining the hope of someday fulfilling these romantic and passionate desires Emma devours books that involve romantic woes oaths sobs tears and kisses gentlemen brave as lions gentle as lambs and always impossibly virtuous Due to Emmas isolation from everyday living she develops the need for excitement and as a result cannot endure her own married life Life with Charles simply does not fit the fictionalized accounts she reads of Thus Emma turns to theShannon Patrick0878-048comforts of adultery and when passion is not readily available she will resort to any activity in the hope that it will fill the void in her heart She tries everything Emma redecorates her house takes up reading subscribes to Parisian magazines helps at charities knits paints plays the piano and engages in a multitude of
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