Berthe then lives with an impoverished aunt, who sends her to work in a cotton mill. Characterization in Madame Bovary: Homais In literature, there are various and many ways of introducing a character. Homais expected to gain personal repute from his own part in the operation and to bring more business to Yonville and himself as word of the cure spread. Flaubert's capture of the commonplace in his setting contrasts with the yearnings of his protagonist. Flaubert not only employs Homais as a symbol of the bourgeoisie; he uses him to represent the male counterpart of Emma. Emma may be said to be the embodiment of a romantic: in her mental and emotional process, she has no relation to the realities of her world. Gustave Flaubert depicts one such person in his novel Madame Bovary, which details the life of its eponymous protagonist, Emma Bovary.
This more often then not leads him into trouble. On its face, this may seem like a morbid choice. This work of art was one of the most provoking of its time due to its unromantic nature, which was very eccentric compared to his contemporaries. Emma was born with… 723 Words 3 Pages Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert When Gustave Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary, the Romantic Movement was in full swing. The doctor sternly admonished Bovary for his foolish treatment and amputated the patient's leg. The practicalities of common life foil Emma's romantic fantasies. Thus, Emma and Homais both sacrifice the well being of others in order to elevate their status.
As can be seen, Homais is one the most important minor characters in Madame Bovary. When the Bovarys first arrive in Yonville, we learn that he is only befriending Charles because he wants Charles to turn a blind eye to his disreputable medical practices. Thus this interlude functions to again convince Emma of Charles' ignorance and to justify her infidelity. Rodolphe Boulanger is a wealthy local man who seduces Emma as one more in a long string of mistresses. Yet he is a healthy man who enjoys his work, riding about to attend to patients. Of course, he makes no mention of the actual disastrous outcome. Indeed, the writing style was of supreme importance to Flaubert.
He is outgoing and friendly, with a gift for remembering names and faces, and he is mostly called upon to perform first aid. When we first meet Emma, the future Madame Bovary, we perceive her as being a woman who is refined perhaps a bit more than the average peasant girl living on a farm. He is self-serving, hypocritical, opportunistic, egotistical, and crooked. The novel will end with Emma and Charles bankrupt and dead, old Rouault paralyzed, and Berthe in a cotton factory. Why does this letter tug at the heartstrings in a novel squalid with gangrene and arsenic? He sets out to build a practice in the village of. Larivière arrives, Homais invites him and Monsieur Canivet over for lunch.
She has a highly romanticized view of the world and craves beauty, wealth, passion, as well as high society. Flaubert considered some of the novels written to be good, but others e. Their ceaseless prodding continued until Bovary was ready to proceed. . I will describe the use of particular ideas that Flaubert used throughout his book to illustrate this and how he used these symbols to achieve that. The infection spreads higher and higher, until finally the innkeeper decides to send for Monsieur Canivet, a doctor famous in that region.
The realist movement was, in part, a reaction against romanticism. His intent to win the argument causes him to disgrace the priest, a classic example of the ruthless attitude that Flaubert detests. Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary exemplifies how we hold destiny in our own hands, molding it with the actions we take and the choices we make. He marries the woman his mother has chosen for him, the unpleasant but supposedly rich widow Héloïse Dubuc. One day, Charles visits a local farm to set the owner's broken leg and meets his patient's daughter, Emma Rouault. These qualities are contained within her already existing framework of love, which requires a certain kind of man just as it requires a certain kind of setting. More specific issues that are addressed include Homais' superficial knowledge, religious hypocrisy, and pretentiousness.
His later… 1857 Words 8 Pages the bond established by the man and the woman is an ongoing unending commitment to each another. He casts his eye over Emma and imagines she will be easily seduced. Homais, meanwhile, disclaimed any responsibility, and Emma was disgusted by what she interpreted as a further demonstration of Charles' stupid incompetence. Out of all these characters, the most jealous one is Rodolphe. Bovary was dubious about the new technique and was unwilling to cooperate, but, under the combined pressure of Emma and Homais, finally gave in. As Emma becomes more and more desperate, Rodolphe loses interest and worries about her lack of caution.
Throughout the passage from Madame Bovary, the tones established through detail, imagery and figurative language reveal the character of Charles to the reader. True to this, Homais is depicted as an overly ambitious, self-important fool. Rodolphe soon ends the relationship leaving Emma heartbroken which leads to her nearly dying. Her father gives his consent, and Emma and Charles marry. And the absurdity of Homais' letter, composed immediately after the operation, should be compared with the equally absurd letter describing the agricultural show in Chapter 8. Homais also feels similar to Emma about the higher caste and, just as she obsesses over nobleness, so too does Homais. Charles sends away for the description of the cure and studies it carefully.
Charles, solicitous for his wife's health and not at all suspicious, embraces the plan. Due to this detail, the author establishes the tones of calmness and intensity. As a vehicle for Flaubert's satire, Homais is portrayed as opportunistic and self-serving, attributes that Flaubert associated with the middle class. The turkey itself starts out as a straightforward gesture of thanksgiving, but it gradually acquires layers of complex meaning. Charles is also unable to grasp reality or understand Emma's needs and desires.
London: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Old Rouault never sets eyes on Berthe, much less makes her a pot of jam. We know, and later in retrospect Emma realizes, that Charles is not capable of such an operation, and it is only through the goading of Emma and Homais that he ever consents. He is a pompous speechmaker, endlessly rattling on about medical techniques and theories that he really knows nothing about. Charles, in his simplicity, assumed that Emma's depression had been caused by sympathy for him and was gratified by her demonstration of devotion.