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"A Simple Heart" by Gustav Flaubert fallows the life and times of a servant girl named Felicit.

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"A Simple Heart" by Gustav Flaubert fallows the life and times of a servant girl named Felicit�. The protagonist is a hardworking, good-hearted, poor and uneducated woman named F�licit�. The duration of A Simple Heart has a common theme of loss. Through her experiences we learn that loss is ineveitable, even if you do nothing wrong. The positive is the redemption to her losses is an angelic afterlife. We see the protagonist F�licit� constantly have to face abandonement of a beloved character several times. The author suggests a beautiful redemption to her life, as her faith and goodness is saved by her beloved parrot. F�licit� was portrayed as a pure and loving character and receives a deserved end to her life. The story begins with F�licit� serving as a hardworking and diligent servant for Madame Aubain. She is a good and caring servant, and even gets along with Madame Aubain, who isn't easy to work with. Her present state becomes surprising for the reader when they are told of her traumatizing past. ...read more.


F�licit� feels abandoned by the children who she clearly loved and the reader is shown the depth of her sensitivity as she was deeply distraught by her absence "...could not settle to anything, lost her sleep, and, to use her own words, was 'eaten up inside'." (Flaubert 32) She becomes close with her nephew Victor, who soon leaves her as well, bound by ship for Cuba. She soon receives a letter of his death from her brother in law. This deeply disturbs her because she was always worried something like that would happen. Virginie soon dies from a lung disease and F�licit� keeps vigil by the body for two nights and prepares it for burial. This shows her deep devotion bravery for the child, even though she is once again abandoned by another person she is still strong. A few years later F�licit� becomes increasingly fascinated by a parrot given to Madame Aubain. She becomes attached to the bird so when it disappears she loses her hearing for the search of it. ...read more.


Her devotion can be perceived as random and conditional, because she first upon it as a result of hearing stories of familial country life. Her devotion to the church is not based on an embrace of its beliefs: "Of doctrines she understood nothing - did not even try to understand." (Flaubert 25) So even though her belief in the church is provisional her belief in god is concrete. She is heavily devoted to the parrot who becomes god for her, he is her holy spirit. She dies smiling while her faith is saved by the parrot. Felicite is a woman who was good and never sinned, yet she faced loss and despair because it was inevitable. Felicite's seems like one filled with despair yet it all comes back to the same cycle of life. This just goes to show us that life comes full circle. She was pure, and her capacity to love is her wealth and at the end her faith is saved. Even though she was so different the other characters of the text, she too passes away at the end, ending her simple life. Citation Page Flaubert, Gustave. Three Tales. New York : Penguin Classics, 1961. Print. ...read more.

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