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Madame bovary

analysis of a novel Madame Bovary.

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Madame bovary

  1. 1. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert Prepared by: Ringgit Espiritu Aguilar BSEd-III English
  2. 2. Gustave Flaubert • Born December 12, 1821 • Died May 08, 1880(age 58) • Began writing at age 16 •Studied law, but failed the exam •Devoted life to writing after suffering a nervous breakdown from failed law exam
  3. 3. Type of Novel •Collective Novel •Psychological Novel
  4. 4. Setting • France (Yonville, Tostes, Rouen) • October 1827 and ends in August 1846 • This is the time of the "July Monarchy", or the rule of King Louis Philippe.
  5. 5. Characters • Emma Bovary: Madame Bovary, the protagonist • Charles Bovary: Emma’s dull, trusting husband who finds her faultless • Rodolphe Boulanger Emma’s first affair (wealthy man) • Leon Dupuis: Emma’s second affair ( law student, full of himself ) • Monsieur Lheureux: Merchant causing Emma’s financial ruin • Monsieur Homais: Atheist pharmacist
  6. 6. Plot • Exposition Charles Bovary, the only son of a middle-class family, became a doctor and set up his practice in a rural village. He made a marriage of convenience with a woman older than himself.
  7. 7. • Rising Action One night, he receives a call to set a man’s broken leg. During his visit, Charles is enchanted by the man’s daughter, a beautiful, elegant girl named Emma. Not long after, Charles’s wife dies of a nervous ailment, and within a year Charles and Emma are married. Charles adores his new wife, but Emma is soon bored and disappointed. She does not feel anything like the love described in her favorite romance novels, and she blames Charles’s bad looks and dull conversation.
  8. 8. • Climax Emma had an adulterous affair with Rodolphe, a local landowner. When he abandoned her, she became seriously ill. After her recovery Emma encountered Leon in Rouen and began to carry on an affair with him. In order to afford weekly trips to the city to see Leon and to satisfy her other whims, Emma spent her husband's money freely and incurred many debts.
  9. 9. • Falling Action Eventually her unpaid bills went long overdue and a judgment was obtained against her by her creditors. She owed a vast sum of money, and the sheriff's officers arrived to confiscate the family property. Emma tried frantically to raise the money and finally turned to both Rodolphe and Leon, but neither was willing or able to help. Out of shame and despair, she poisoned herself.
  10. 10. • Ending Charles cannot pay these debts. He becomes bankrupt and eventually withdraws from social life. One night he discovers proof of his wife's infidelity, but he is not angry. He spends time with his daughter, whom he loves. It is she who finds him dead in the garden one day. And Berthe is sent off to work in a cotton mill.
  11. 11. Conflict •Man Vs. Himself •Man Vs. Society
  12. 12. Point of View •First Person •Third Person Omniscient
  13. 13. Theme• Inadequacy of language * > Words try but fail to capture the depth of emotion throughout the piece • Powerlessness of women* > Seemingly only men have the power to change Emma’s life > Emma wishes for a male child because “ a woman is always hampered” * • Failure of the bourgeoisie ( middle class) * > The middle class has dissatisfaction with material things and aspirations for “more” in life > Mockery is made of middle class pretense and knowledge
  14. 14. Moral/Lesson •Be Contented of What you have. •Lessen your Fantasies.
  15. 15. Images/Symbol • The blind Beggar • Dried Flowers • The Lathe
  16. 16. Sources http://www.google.com/images http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/bovary/summary.html http://www.wikipedia.org/wik/Madame_Bovary http://pinkmonkey.com http://www.cliffsnotes.com http://www.shmoop.com

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