"Madame Bovary" and the Seven Deadly Sins Book Review by cee-cee

"Madame Bovary" and the Seven Deadly Sins
An in-depth analysis of Gustave Flaubert's monumental novel "Madame Bovary," focusing on the role played by the seven deadly sins in defining Emma's life.
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This paper analyzes the novel "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert in detail, examining in particular the way in which Flaubert presents the seven deadly sins and the people committing them. The writer draws parallels between "Madame Bovary" and Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," both novels about women who fail in their relationships and are bored with their society and their limited possibilities. In Emma's social group, the seven sins are committed daily, and Flaubert's depiction shows that neither these sins nor their consequences are what they used to be. Other themes in the novel, such as the themes of illusion, delusion and alienation, are also discussed.

The Novel
The Role of Women
Emma as Different
The Road to Death

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bersani, Leo. "Flaubert and Emma Bovary: The Hazards of Literary Fusion." Novel: A Forum on Fiction (Fall 1974), 16-28.
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. The Field of Cultural Production. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
  • Bowie, Malcolm. "Introduction to Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners." Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Ed. Russel Whitaker and Kathy D. Darrow. Vol. 185. Detroit: Gale, 2007.
  • Brombert, Victor. The Novels of Flaubert: A Study of Theme and Technique. Princeton: University Press, 1966..
  • Burchell, Eileen. "Emma Rouault Bovary: Gendered Reflections in Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)." In Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender, Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber (eds), 181-184. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2003.

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