Feminist Aggression Against Patriarchal Society in Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary”


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An Analysis of the Vital and More Interesting Traits of Feminist Aggression Against Patriarchal Society in the Character Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 
This literary study will analyze the strength of character of Emma via her ability to administer aggression and commerce through the apathetic males that she interacts with in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. In many ways, Flaubert depicts Emma as a ruthless and grandiose woman that reflects French society’s greed and avarice, yet she is far stronger and aggressive than the men she associates with. Emma is more vital and important in this novel because she empowers herself to find wealth and monetary commerce through weaker and equally vain men, especially in a  patriarchal time when class...
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.....moral or greedy. However, Emma is a far more vital character because she expresses her own desire to become rich, even if it means using weak and apathetic men to attain this goal.  Also, Emma shows how men like Charles and Rudolfe represent that vanity and lax attitude of privileged men, further making the argument that she is a vital feminist voice that rejects patriarchal society in the middle of French 19th century. These are the reasons why Emma exudes immoral means to gain power, yet not without the feminist aggression necessary to live the life she chooses. 
Works Cited:
Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York: Forgotten Books, 2001. 
Steegmuller, Francis. Flaubert and Madame Bovary. New York: 
New York Book Review Classics, 2004.