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An example of Emma’s fluctuation of moods is after Leon’s departure. Once he left, to deem herself from the lack of love toward her husband, Emma transformed into the model wife. She would go from constantly thinking about another man, to another woman that no one would even dare think about accusing of considering adultery. I think that in her variability of moods, Emma is simply lost in her desire. The contrast between her romantic illusions and the realities of society create a condition in which she has no control over her emotions.
Gabriel seizes Gretta in a passionate embrace and inquires into her thoughts. Gretta hesitates at first then proceeds to explain the tragic tale... ... middle of paper ... ...ased to consider themselves irrelevant as living beings. Gabriel Conroy, through his self-righteous concern for others, has created an internal paralysis. Because Gabriel dwells on events in the past he is unable to move forward in his life with satisfaction. Although Gabriel indisputably loves his wife, the elusive curse created by Michael Furey's inconsequential existence, long before he and Gretta were involved, has instigated unruly thoughts on Gabriel's behalf.
said Emma, shoving her away with her elbow" (p. 100). The fantasy world in which Emma constantly lives in prevents her from loving her daughter the way that a mother should. Emma goes through life being selfish, obsessive, and unloving. In her search for passion, love and sensuality, she destroys the lives of her husband, Charles, and her daughter, Berthe. Sadly, Emma honestly believes she would find passion, bliss, and the love spoken about in the romantic novels she read.