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Important Aspects of Madame Bovary

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Introduction

* Use of imagery --blossoming of pimples on Madame Bovary's face (#1) * Use of realism-use of graphic detail (manure, etc.) to contrast with romantic setting (Rodolphe and Emma holding hands) * Use of irony and repetition--beggar figure who symbolizes Emma's own position. Details about the arsenic and Emma's recollection of where the poison is kept. ...read more.

Middle

* Incorporation of science and medicine versus the use of folk knowledge and religion * Charles has touch of disaster (not golden touch of Midas) * Importance of written word--letters, legal documents, promissory notes, novels and magazines * Convention and nineteenth century morality--Emma resists notions about women's roles. ...read more.

Conclusion

* Scandal--Charles becomes interested in Emma while he is married to Madame Bovary #1. Emma's flagrant affairs with Rodolphe and Leon; Emma's financial crisis and Lleureux's predatory behavior which exasperated the situation. Misrepresentation of one's wealth (Madame Bovary #1). * Emma's death--buried in a white gown which is soiled by her sickness * Homais's creation of local scandals--the Blind Man Scandals in the scientific community--Hippolyte's club foot, the surgery, and the amputation ...read more.

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