Madame Bovary | Critical Essay by Tony Williams

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Madame Bovary.
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Critical Essay by Tony Williams

SOURCE: "Gender Stereotypes in Madame Bovary," in Forum for Modem Language Studies, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, April, 1992, pp. 130-9.

In the following essay, Williams discusses Flaubert's belief in the influence of cultural conditioning as a determinant of gender roles, pointing to motifs in Madame Bovary that illustrate the restricted and highly artificial role of women in a patriarchal society.

Madame Bovary was put on trial when it was first published largely on account of its intense critical interrogation of the assumptions that collectively make up the common-sense outlook on life in nineteenth-century France. The subversive force of the novel is directed most obviously against that cornerstone of

Emma Bovary and Rudolphe encounter each other at the agricultural fair. Emma Bovary and Rudolphe encounter each other at the agricultural fair.
bourgeois society, marriage.1 This subversion of the conventional view of marriage is, however, connected with a more fundamental attack upon another received idea...

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