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5c) Family relationships are often significant in works of literature. How far and in what ways is this significance explored in at least two of the works you have studied?
The protagonists and their interaction with different family members reveal a part of their personality. It also could serve to show the themes of the novel and even show the changes in the protagonists' characters through the course of the novel. Both "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert and "July's People" by Nadine Gordimer illustrate one of the main themes of female oppression by the interaction between Emma and Maureen with their respective husbands and children, which also serves to show inner conflicts.
Bethe Bovary was never supposed to be a girl. When Emma became pregnant, she only wanted a boy who she could live through and make him into a successful man unlike his father. This emphasizes the helplessness of women in their ability to make something of themselves. Moreover the fact that Charles is only driven to pursue a career in medicine by his mother only strengthens Emma's desire for a boy she can groom.
Nevertheless it is a girl, who Emma decides to name
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