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A Simple Heart Historical Context

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Historical Context

Unlike the other two tales which make up the collection Three Tales, "A Simple Heart" is not a historical reconstruction. It is a story set in the time and the country of the author, and thus it reflects the attitudes and habits of France in the nineteenth century. Félicité represents a realistic picture of a woman living in the France that Flaubert knew and observed.

Romanticism and Realism in Nineteenth-Century France

Flaubert figures as one of the leading authors of the realist movement, and "A Simple Heart" is typical of his work in this regard. Realistic writers sought to represent life in its purest form, without exaggeration or embellishment. They considered themselves reporters, attempting to chronicle their worlds honestly and objectively. Conventional morality was not a concern: logic, common sense, and pragmatism informed their literary endeavors. Realism was in many ways a reaction to and...

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