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Discuss The Characterisation Of Emma Bovary In The Novel "Madame Bovary"

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?Nowhere is the discrepancy between Emma?s dreams and the realities of the world outside made clearer than in her choice of lovers? (p.xiv) Discuss the characterisation of Emma Bovary in the novel.In the novel, Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, the character of Emma has two different lovers, who present an impossible romantic ideal that she aspires to. She expected these men to transport her from her ordinary, mundane life, into of one of the romantic novels she reads. But both of these romances begin with love, and end in disgust. The first ends with Emma?s lover reacting to her possessive lust by cruelly separating himself from her, and the other being overwhelmed by Emma?s fervent ...view middle of the document...

She becomes jealous and possessive, and places demands on Rodolph, that he is unable, and unwilling to fulfill, namely beginning a family elsewhere, with Emma and her infant daughter, Berthe.When Emma first meets Leon she becomes fascinated with Leon's mind. They share the same romanticized views and read the same sentimental novels. They have strong feelings for each other, but Leon is an inexperienced lover, and is too cowardly to declare his love for Emma. Emma believes that love ?must come suddenly, with great outbursts and lightnings,? (p.76) and this is precisely what Leon is unable to give her. They did not consummate their love, because Leon moved away to Paris, to study law. When Emma and Leon meet again, after the opera at Rouen, from his time in Paris Leon has become a sophisticated man of the world, and, this time he has no trouble declaring his love for Emma. Eventually, however, Emma's dominance and need for pleasure becomes a burden, and Leon no longer desires Emma."He was bored now when Emma suddenly began to sob on his breast, and his heart?dozed to the sound of a love he no longer noted.?(p.222)Emma eventually realized that Leon was not the man to satisfy her, but she was unable to end the relationship, because she needed something to distract her from the unhappiness of her dull life. Emma failed to empathize with him, and never realized the impossible demands she was putting on Leon.The disastrous relationships that Emma leads, leave behind a legacy that continues to make people unhappy. Had Emma developed the relationship with her husband and her daughter that she could have, Emma would have lived, Charles would have...

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