Mildew of the Soul in "Madame Bovary" Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Mildew of the Soul in "Madame Bovary"
An analysis of how several characters from Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" lose their meaning in existence.
# 124048 | 1,500 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (French)

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This paper provides an analysis of Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary". The analysis discusses how a number of characters from the novel, including Emma, Rouault, Charles, and Leon, are suffering from mildew of the soul or the loss of meaning in existence, because of their bourgeois preoccupations which, ultimately, Flaubert views as tragic.

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"There are many who view Emma Bovary as a materialistic, superficial and spoiled woman whose ruin comes about from her attempts to use men to get what she needs. Others view Emma as a woman in an era when the only way women could change their situation was through reliance on men. Which ever view one adopts in Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary", the heroine comes to a tragic fate because her efforts to change her situation end in misery and..."

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