Madame Ovary Personal Response “Romanticism valued Imagination and emotion over rationality’. This is the very definition of romanticism that Gustavo Flutter Intended to mock with his 19th century masterpiece Madame Ovary.
Part 1 of the novel Is written with a massive amount of detail, and very little dialogue between the characters. Rather, Flutter Intends for his audience to Imagine what happened, to read between the lines. However, it is not the incredible amount of detail in the book that captured my attention; however it was the complex, intricate character of Emma Ovary.Emma Ovary is the dazzling, beautiful wife of the stupid, incompetent and dreary doctor Charles Ovary.
Throughout the first part of the novel, I felt mixed emotions of sadness, empathy, and disapproval for Enema’s character. During the first part of the novel, Flutter emphasizes the life of Emma leading up to her marriage. He describes how she has been surrounded by images of passion, lust and love. A major source of these images was the childhood years she spent living In the convent.There she was engulfed by Images, of the betrothed, the spouse, the celestial lover and the eternal marriage [which] excited a strange sweetness deep In her soul. ” (Bottom page 27).
Not only did Emma live In the convent, but she also read numerous romantic books, which described, “… A young man In a short cloak embracing a young girl in a milk-white gown..
. “, lounging in carriages, gliding through the park..
. “, “… Dreaming on couches, an unsealed letter.
.. Gazing at the moon… “. (Page 29).Emma formulated an obsession, a passion of what love should e off of her experience in the convent and the many romantic books she had read.
However, once Emma marries Charles, all these fancies are decimated. Charles is the absolute opposite of what she believed love to be. He is boring, unexciting and not very romantic. The rest of the first part of the novel describes the placidity of her life, the hatred she feels for Charles, and the misery she feels at having married Charles, “Oh, why, dear God, did I marry him? ‘ (Page 34).It Is at this point where I began to feel mixed emotions for the character of Emma.
At first I began to feel sadness and empathy for Emma because I realized that all her hopes and dreams of what love should be, the incredible fantasies she had built up for years of the perfect husband had been crushed in one day by marrying Charles. As I read how her life was an infinite cycle of boredom, I began to feel quite saddened for Emma. I tried to imagine how her life must have been, “One after another, along they came, always the same, never-ending, bringing nothing…The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted. (page 49).
I could not imagine having to live like this, and I began to understand why Emma felt so much misery. As I was finishing the first part of the novel, I began to realize the source of Enema’s misery. Although Enema’s misery Is In large part due to the character of Charles, I noticed that Emma did not really ever attempt to change him. Nearing the end of Part One, I realized that most of Enema’s thoughts were of how agonizing It was to live with Charles: I realized that the source of her misery was her husband.I unmanly got ten Idea Tanat seen wasn’t long anything to try Ana change nerd unsound. For example, when is he noisily slurping the soup at the dinner table, she does not even ask him to stop. Instead, she lets rage and anger boil up inside of her.
As I continued reading, I began to see that she wasn’t really doing anything to help herself. She was essentially Just allowing all of this to happen. As a result I began to lose the sympathy I was feeling for Emma, and it was replaced by distaste as I realized that she Just complained about her husband, and never tried to change him.