Women In Flaubert's Madame Bovary

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The main subject we brought to our discussion related to the novel Madame Bovary was the lack of power that women had in Flaubert’s ti me (nineteenth century), the writer of the book.
We analysed how women were seen as property of the man and the lack of importance that was given to them or their opinions. All women acts were considered a rebellion at the time, as the only thing they were expected to do was to stay at home.
The book’s main character, Madame Bovary, a girl who grew up in a convent, dreams with a life with love and marriage, considered by her a way of solving all her problems. She wants to change the reality she lives in, she aims for a better life, with more money and liberty. She aspires to live in a more sophisticated way, other than that of her class and that contrast is clear when the
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The nineteenth century was marked because in that time, women had the role of being submissive and obedient servants and those who dared to break this rule, faced taboos that were almost impossible to break and prejudices, being a severe fight for their personal freedom. Despite that, they were seen as property of man, they needed to remain submissive to them: Father, brother, husband, they did not face them in equal terms, it was just obeying, respecting and acting according to the man, he was the one who determined everything, no matter who it is, women wouldn’t question their own actions. As a way of representing that challenge that they faced in their day by day lives, Gustave Flaubert does kind of a traduction of that feeling in Madame Bovary. In addition to those issues that discuss the woman acts in the society of that time, Madame Bovary was a protagonist of political and social issues, through a language that sometimes revealed and denounced situations that showed the true face of a corrupt
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