Emma And Moll, Breaking The Mold

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Emma and Moll, Breaking the Mold
The 18 and 19th centuries are remembered for the literal and art creations as depicted in the Daniel Defoe’s The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders of 1722 and Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary of 1856. The two pieces are novels exploring the lives of heroines Moll Flanders and Emma Bovary respectively. Similar to other pieces of increasing critical thinking such as law and philosophy at the time, the two novels were based on societal changes underpinned by radical shifts of human responsibility and criminalization of women. Defoe follows a hard approach while Flaubert follows a realistic approach to illustrate the literature authenticity reflected in their characteristics and resultant thematic
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There are reasons as to why both authors created a setting of depicting the criminal protagonist role of Emma and Molls as discussed below;The plots of both Madame Bovary and Moll Flanders present a similar style in which both writers create a criminal protagonist. Defoe and Flaubert create their main character from the conspiracy of poverty and the need to satisfy self desires. Poverty acts as the mother to crime in the aim of living a comfortable life. In Madame Bovary, Emma plays the protagonist role in which she lives an unsatisfied and discomfort life. This is portrayed by her struggle to satisfy romantic needs as the commits infidelity and misuse family resources. This aspect poses a hefty load on the husband as he also struggles to support his family with a strenuous job. Emma’s life in crime begins with her marriage to Charles. This is due to the idea that Emma fails to meet her romantic expectations from Charles which was entangled in her dream as a young girl.In Flaubert’s novel ‘Madame Bovary’ poverty is the route to crime as Charles begins a life of his own as a poor man after acquiring little inheritance from her mother. This meant that he had to struggle with his second class medical degree in order to attain a normal living. As a result, he got entangled to a woman who also came from a similar background but with a different expectation in life. Charles’s state of poverty confirms him to work thus paying little attention the romantic affairs of his marriage to Emma. Due to this notion, Emma engages in infidelity as she focuses on satisfying her childhood romantic dreams with other men aside from the husband (Flaubert,

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