Charles' Blind Love in "Madame Bovary" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Charles' Blind Love in "Madame Bovary"
An analysis of Charles' blindness in his relationship with Emma in Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary".
# 129089 | 1,200 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2010 in Literature (French)

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The paper discusses the character of Charles from Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" and how his spineless ways and his desire to please his "perfect" wife resulted in the development of substantial debt, emotional ruin and even the loss of stability for his daughter. The paper shows how Charles' blind love for her allows his life and even his profession to be completely destroyed.

From the Paper:

"Charles Bovary and his fictional life are a trite example of the old saying, "love is blind." His life and deeds, relationship with Emma and failure on multiple counts to be aware of her transgressions and those against his family lead to his complete social, emotional and financial destruction. His blindness may be an innate character flaw, which is characterized by his obliviousness when it comes to choosing friends and associates but it is his blindness in his relationship with Emma that sows the seeds of his ultimate self destruction. His blindness goes so far as to create a legacy of ruin, carried even by his daughter, who uncharacteristic of any desire of a father is left penniless and at the mercy of relatives when Charles succumbs to his own folly and dies, indebted by his own blindness and the frivolity and contempt of his late wife Emma. Even in death Emma exercises her power over him, and her resentment for his inability to provide her with the exciting life she had dreamed of as a child, through literature."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary: Life in a Country Town. Trans. Lowell Bair New York: Bantam Classics, 2005.

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