Madame Bovary Literary Analysis

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Realism is a major theme in Gustave Flaubert’s, Madame Bovary. Flaubert’s minute notation to the physical world is what brings the book to life. By adding excessive detail to certain aspects of the book, the reader is able to picture these moments, making the novel all the more life-like. Although Flaubert does an outstanding job of providing the reader with details to convey the idea of realism, he may be giving too many details. There are several instances in the book where it feels as though Flaubert put too much thought into the details and perhaps confuses the reader with adjectives that may be unfamiliar to them. For example, in part one chapter four, Flaubert takes several lines describing Charles and Emma’s wedding cake. The cake is…show more content…
Unlike other authors, Flaubert goes above and beyond when choosing what words to bring his vision to life. This is a quality that helps make his writing great, but characterizing someone’s writing as great does not mean that there aren’t a few flaws. Choosing the right words for a novel is how you create something unique, but every author needs to remember who their audience is. One drawback of Flaubert’s writing is that he uses words that do not fit his audience. A reader does not want to have to stop and look up words in order to understand what is happening in the book and this can be something that Flaubert struggles with. Flaubert also tends to use too much detail and describes things that are not that important and perhaps things that people in real life wouldn’t necessarily notice; for example when Charles is showing Emma his house in part one chapter five, Flaubert describes what is hanging up behind the door. A reason why Flaubert may do this is to convey realism in all aspects of his writing. In order to really sell the idea that this story could be true, he is trying to give as much detail as possible. Another reason why Flaubert has chosen to convey his information in this particular way is because if the reader can imagine a place or object, then maybe they can believe that it is real. Unfortunately, some of the descriptions and details given are just a bit much; and perhaps to some readers Flaubert is overdoing it a
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