Essay on Madame Bovary By Gustave Flaubert

715 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 3 Pages
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert exhibits the internal battle fought by Emma. Always a romantic, Emma fantasizes about marriage. When the opportunity comes, Emma agrees to marriage with Charles. Even though her relationship with Charles disappoints her, she continues playing the role of his wife. In hopes of obtaining the flame of romance she dreams of, Emma engages in several secret affairs. However, internalizing her disappointment and putting on a show for the outside world proves unhealthy and leads to her depression.
Always dreaming of love, Emma marries Charles. However, she soon realizes that Charles fails providing the fairytale relationship of her dreams. Flaubert reveals “(b)efore marriage she thought herself in love; but the happiness that should have followed this love not having come, she must, she thought, have been mistaken... " (83). Furthering this, Flaubert adds "and now she could not think that the calm in which she lived was the happiness she had dreamed" (95). Internally, Emma regrets marrying Charles and fails at learning love for him. However, she attempts conforming to the idea of loving her husband. Flaubert describes her failed attempt “...she wanted to make herself in love with him. By moonlight in the garden she recited all the passionate rhymes she knew by heart, and, sighing, sang to him many melancholy adagios; but she found herself as calm after as before, and Charles seemed no more amorous and no more moved" (102).Battling the necessary…

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