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Reflective State: Madame Bovary. Flauberts characterization of Emma shares many features with women in the Arab world.
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The interactive oral broadened my understanding of the cultural and contextual considerations of Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert. Through our discussion I have come to realize how the cultural aspects of the novel, Emma's life, and what happened to Flaubert from writing the novel, completely resembles the society I live in today even though we are a couple of hundred years and 3000 miles apart from mid 19th century France. If Flaubert has published his novel in now a day Saudi Arabia, he will be jailed and may be even executed for immorality. Flaubert's characterization of Emma shares many features with women in the Arab world. Their materialistic nature can be interpreted as their need for a better and more importantly a happier life, with expensive jewelry and clothes to show their higher social class. Till this day women buy the most overpriced goods and show them of, because in the end they don't have anything else to do. They are both forced into marrying people they don't relate to at a very young age, and the even bigger problem is that they are socially and religiously forbidden to get a divorce. Another similarity is that
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