A Comparison of Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary

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A Comparison of Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary

We would like to think that everything in life is capable, or beyond the

brink of reaching perfection. It would be an absolute dream to look upon each

day with a positive outlook. We try to establish our lives to the point where

this perfection may come true at times, although, it most likely never lasts.

There's no real perfect life by definition, but instead, the desire and

uncontrollable longing to reach this dream.

In the novel Madame Bovary, it's easy to relate to the characters as

well as the author of this book. One can notice that they both share a fairly

similar view on life, and that their experiences actually tie in with each other.

Emma Bovary dreamed of a life beyond that of perfection as well. She

realizes that she leads an ordinary and average life, but simply does not want

to abide by it. In the novel, Emma meets a pitiful doctor named Charles Bovary.

The first time they meet, Charles falls instantly in love with her. They begin

to see more and more of each other until Charles asks Emma's father for her hand

in marriage. They end up getting married and everything goes fine, just like a

normal couple, for awhile. They did things with each other, went out, and were

extremely happy. Although, this love and passion for life shortly ended when

Emma's true feelings began to come about. We soon come to realize that "the

story is of a woman whose dreams of romantic love, largely nourished by novels,

find no fulfillment when she is married to a boorish country doctor" (Thorlby


This is completely true because ...

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