Flaubert's Representation Of Love In Madame Bovary

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Flaubert 's Representation of Love: Within Madame Bovary In the novel, Madame Bovary, the author Flaubert used complex characters to help explain the perception that he had about love. Flaubert went about showing this representation that he had about love by including two main characters in the novel whose love was very different from that of a fairy tale. For instance, the initial start of the relationship between the two main characters, Emma Bovary and Charles Bovary, began when Charles had come to help care for Emma’s father after he had broken his leg (Flaubert, 13). Instantly, Charles and Emma became intrigued with the appearance and personality of one another, and it eventually progressed to Charles asking Emma’s father for his daughter 's hand in marriage (Flaubert, 22). As time further went on, the ideas and love that Emma had created towards Charles began to falter, and she began to regret her choice of marrying so young (Flaubert, 38). Emma’s new distaste toward her marriage made her go on a ruthless trek of bad decisions that ended up dangerously affecting both her, and her family. Emma’s love for Charles first started off as being pliable, but as their…show more content…
Through the death of Flaubert’s characters, he was trying to further represent the negative and destructive views that he holds about love. For instance, choosing to have Emma commit suicide and Charles dying as the result of a broken heart, demonstrates how Flaubert 's views love as an emotion of mass destruction. Love is a emotion of mass destruction because love can make people do crazy things. Emma was so in love with herself and the life that she had, and this caused her to not be able to stand the thought of losing everything due to her careless financial actions. Emma thought the only option she had was to commit suicide because she couldn 't bare the thought of living a life where she was poor. (Flaubert, 290). She loved herself and the representation that she had created for herself

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