"Madame Bovary" and French Society Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

"Madame Bovary" and French Society
An analysis of Gustave Flaubert's dislike of French society as interpreted through his novel "Madame Bovary".
# 61785 | 787 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Oct 27, 2005 in Literature (French) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how Flaubert put all of his views of French life in the mid 1800's into the novel "Madame Bovary". It looks at how Flaubert believed that French society, especially the bourgeoisie or middle class, was very superficial and hypocritical and how this outlook can be seen through the characters Charles Bovary, Monsieur Homais, and Emma Bovary.

From the Paper:

" In addition to Charles Bovary, Flaubert revealed his disgust of French society with the character Monsieur Homais. Homais' purpose as a character in the novel Madame Bovary matches exactly with his purpose as a representation of the typical person in the bourgeois class. He is a pompous and obnoxious apothecary in the small French town of Yonville. (Novels for Students). It could be said that he is a self proclaimed know-it-all type of person. These qualities are revealed as soon as the Bovarys meet Homais after moving to Yonville. Because of these negative characteristics, Homais has very few friends. Homais talked almost constantly about various medical theories and techniques, but in reality he knew nothing about them (Roberts, 9)."

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