Passage from Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Passage from Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary"
Looks at a specific passage from chapter 7 of Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece "Madame Bovary".
# 147591 | 1,230 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on May 15, 2011 in Literature (French) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that the reader must understand the satirical tone, the context of the novel's plot and the ironic characterization of Madame Bovary herself to comprehend the significance of this passage from Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary". Next, the author relates the problem created in the plot by placing Madame Bovary in a small, provincial town, which frustrates her so that she resorts to shopping and fantasizing. The paper suggests that this novel is a criticism of romance in that Madame Bovary takes romantic novels as a map for her life and thus deserves the sad, suicidal fate Flaubert metes out to her. The text is included in the paper.

From the Paper:

"There is also a sense of wanderlust in the gifts she selects. The gifts Madame Bovary buys are expensive and exotic--she dresses in Asiatic garb and fixes her hair in a Chinese fashion. But this fascination with the exotic East is part of European fashion. She also tries to learn a foreign language, but again the tone of the passage is ironic, and Flaubert shows a sharp eye for characterization in the details he selects to illustrate Emma's character. For example, her intellectual activities like reading and learning Italian are done for show, and out of boredom as a replacement for having a lover, not an actual interest in Italy or languages."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. Complete e-text available March 30, 2009 at

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