In Flaubert's Madame Bovary, there are many symbols and details about windows and the wedding. Throughout the novel Emma Bovary, Charles' wife, is trapped inside a life that she does not long to have. Emma had fantasies of how she wanted her life to be so she rushes into marriage hoping to fulfill that desire but she becomes trapped in marriage as her dreams are not coming out to what she hoped for. Life is not just about being married to satisfy those wishes, you also have to be able to find those desires within the man you are marrying which Emma did not do. Charles was not the man she could have to fulfill her romantic desires. The windows are a symbol to demonstrate Emma's entrapment. She is always staring out of the
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Next is the wedding. The wedding was in the far off pasture of their farm. Her dress is a symbolic piece in the wedding. "Emma's dress, too long, trailed on the ground a little; she would stop now and then to pull it up and daintily pick off the coarse blades of grass and thistle spikes with her gloved fingers while Charles stood by empty-handed, waiting for her to finish." (pg. 23) This immediately shows the struggles Emma will face. The spikes could represent hardships she will face and that she would overcome them by herself just as she did when she picked the thistles off of her dress by herself. Also, her dress being too long shows what a drag it is to have to wear a dress getting caught in the weeds and demonstrates the problems she will face later on. Then, Charles should have made their wedding day special and by standing at the side, just watching her, he made it uncomfortable and also demonstrated a beginning struggle. Emma wanted a man that could treat her well and make her feel special. Without Charles relating to her fantasies, the dress shows a loss of freedom for Emma.
Emma wanted someone who would come up and help her clean the grass off her dress and Rodolphe is a good example. "Tall ferns growing along the path kept catching in
Emma's stirrup. Rodolphe leaned down and pulled them out as she rode." (pg. 137) The