By Gustave Flaubert
Mon 17 May 10
Madam Bovary is a tragic figure. Not just because of her ulitmate self destruction, but also because she is so tragically human. Her real tragic is not in the circumstances pushing her into desperation, but in the fact that she did not recogonised the real love and affection from her husband, and spent her life seeking impossibe romance, and fruitless passions. Because her own life was so sheltered, much like most women of her status during the era of the story, she chased a false ideal that she had nurtured as a romantic young girl, seeking impossible fullfillment into her womanhood. That passion eventually led to her downfall, and her family's.
But despite that, she also protrayed a very realistic side of human nature, we all have dreams, and ideals in our life, there are few like Emma Bovary who cast aside everything she had in relentless pursue towards it; most of us tend to be more pragmatic, bound down by fear and the realistic aspects of life. But in Madam Bovary, a human's needs to seek an ideal is magnified, and serves as mirror to our surpressed desires. All in all, Madam Bovary is a wonderful portrayal of the many facets of human characters, vividly cast in the many characters in the French countryside. It is tragic, funny at times, realistic, and give much food for thoughts. A story I would read again and again.