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Transcript of Madame Bovary
Emilie Goergen Gustave Flaubert He was born on December 12, 1821 in Rouen, France and died May 8, 1880 in Croisset, France. He was a French novelist of the realist period, and is best known for his novel Madame Bovary, which was criticized then banned for a period after its first release. He studied law for a period of time before a series of health problems caused him to leave school. He then dedicated himself to literature. He became the head of his house when his father died in 1846. He spent the final years of his life in isolation and impoverished. Madame Bovary Madame Bovary is a novel about the life of Emma Bovary, a doctor's wife who is bored and finds no satisfaction in marriage or motherhood. She desires the life style of the upper class and does all she can to separate herself from the middle class. So she has several affairs in search of a life of passion. When she is unable to attain the happiness she wants, she becomes bored again. This leaves her with a feeling of being trapped in the life she has. 1789-1792: French Revolution
1792-1804: French First Republic
1804-1815: First French Empire under Napoleon I
1815-1830: Bourbon Restoration under Louis XVIII and CharlesX
1830-1848: July Monarch (Madame Bovary takes place) under Louis Philipee d'Orleans
1848-1852: Second Republic of France
1851-1857: Madame Bovary was being written
1852-1870: Second Empire under Napoleon III
1873-1890: Long Depression
1890-1914: Belle Epoque Timeline of France France was in major political turmoil during the time leading up to Madame Bovary. As France is searching for a leader and stable government, Emma Bovary is searching for happiness in the affairs she has.
The culture of France also influences the actions of the characters. Emma's hatred of the middle class makes her want to become part of the upper class.
The major theme of searching for a purpose is directly influenced by the culture. In the novel, Emma is searching for a purpose to her life. The End "She had that indefinable beauty that results from joy, from enthusiasm, from success, and that is only the harmony of temperament with circumstances."
-Madame Bovary pg. 180