To Marie-Antoine-Jules Senard Member of the Paris Bar, Ex-President of the National Assembly, and Former Minister of the Interior Dear and Illustrious Friend, Permit me to inscribe your name at the head of this book, and above its dedication; for it is to you, before all, that I owe its publication. Reading over your magnificent defence, my work has acquired for myself, as it were, an unexpected authority.

Accept, then, here, the homage of my gratitude, which, how great soever it is, will never attain the height of your eloquence and your devotion.

We were in class when the head-master came in, followed by a new fellow, not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work.

To Marie-Antoine-Jules Senard Member of the Paris Bar, Ex-President of the National Assembly, and Former Minister of the Interior Dear and Illustrious Friend, Permit me to inscribe your name at the head of this book, and above its dedication; for it is to you, before all, that I owe its publication. Reading over your magnificent defence, my work has acquired for myself, as it were, an unexpected authority.

Accept, then, here, the homage of my gratitude, which, how great soever it is, will never attain the height of your eloquence and your devotion.

We were in class when the head-master came in, followed by a new fellow, not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work.

Without doubt, Madame Bovary is Flaubert’s most famous novel.
It narrates the life of Emma Bovary, a beautiful young lady, that is bored of her life in the province, and experiences two adulterous relations. The first is with Rodolfe, a local aristocrat, and the second with Leon, a law student.
The novel talks about many themes, be it adulterous relationships or provincial life, but, as Flaubert did put it, it is a novel about nothing . In a letter, Flaubert wrote :

Flaubert sought more a new aesthetic form than a genuine narrative ; he wanted his book to be a manifest of realism , a new literary trend he is usually recognised as the father of. However, as many exemples prove it, Madame Bovary isn’t a true piece of realism, since the narrator isn’t an objective one and very often intervenes undirectly, changing the focus or using particular words to give his own vision of the reality.

To Marie-Antoine-Jules Senard Member of the Paris Bar, Ex-President of the National Assembly, and Former Minister of the Interior Dear and Illustrious Friend, Permit me to inscribe your name at the head of this book, and above its dedication; for it is to you, before all, that I owe its publication. Reading over your magnificent defence, my work has acquired for myself, as it were, an unexpected authority.

Accept, then, here, the homage of my gratitude, which, how great soever it is, will never attain the height of your eloquence and your devotion.

We were in class when the head-master came in, followed by a new fellow, not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work.

Without doubt, Madame Bovary is Flaubert’s most famous novel.
It narrates the life of Emma Bovary, a beautiful young lady, that is bored of her life in the province, and experiences two adulterous relations. The first is with Rodolfe, a local aristocrat, and the second with Leon, a law student.
The novel talks about many themes, be it adulterous relationships or provincial life, but, as Flaubert did put it, it is a novel about nothing . In a letter, Flaubert wrote :

Flaubert sought more a new aesthetic form than a genuine narrative ; he wanted his book to be a manifest of realism , a new literary trend he is usually recognised as the father of. However, as many exemples prove it, Madame Bovary isn’t a true piece of realism, since the narrator isn’t an objective one and very often intervenes undirectly, changing the focus or using particular words to give his own vision of the reality.

Madame Bovary opens during Charles Bovary 's childhood. An outcast in his new school, Charles does not fit in, and he suffers ridicule. As he grows older, we learn that he is fairly dull and lacks talent in his chosen profession, medicine. Charles becomes a poor doctor who does not earn much respect from his peers. His mother remains very influential in his life decisions; she pushes him into medicine and persuades him to marry a widow. The widow dies soon after the wedding, leaving Charles much less money than he expected.

Soon Emma grows bored with Leon because he is afraid to take risks to show his love for her. Emma grows increasingly demanding; meanwhile, her debts mount. Lheureux soon orders seizure of Emma's property, and terrified that Charles will discover her secrets, Emma grows frantic. She appeals to anyone she can think of for loans, including Leon, the town's businessmen, and even Rodolphe. Upon her offer of prostitution, Rodolphe refuses to help her and Emma grows truly mortified. Aware of the impending revelations of dishonest behavior, Emma sees no option but to remove herself from the world. She commits suicide by eating arsenic, dying an agonizing and painful death.

At first, Charles idealizes the memory of his wife. But he eventually discovers her letters and keepsakes from Rodolphe and Leon, and finally he confronts the truth of her infidelity. Having grown into an antisocial hermit, Charles dies alone in his garden of an apparent heart attack. Berthe, now an orphan, is sent to work in a cotton mill.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert


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