Comparing Emma Bovary and Elizabeth Rolland

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Both Emma Bovary and Elizabeth Rolland are dreamers, but are different. Emma dreams and fantasizes about the future while Elizabeth dreams and recreates her past to justify her actions. Emma’s daydreaming caused her a tragic death, however, Elizabeth’s complicity in the murder of her first husband caused her to revisit in dream and memory her stifling childhood and search for freedom on the night of her second husband's impending death. Emma and Elizabeth are both issued from good families with only on parent. They both lived in a religious atmosphere. Motherless, Emma was educated in the convent where her dreamy spiritual ecstasies are succeeded by dreamy visions of happiness derived from novels, good and bad. Her reading habits corrupt her vision of the world and her conduct in life. She desires to be happy in lovely clothes in swift carriages, dancing at balls, being admired. Fatherless, Elizabeth was free and wild she was “growing like a wild little weed” till age seven or eight where she was sent to her antes for education and to be taught good manners. She learned about sex and boys through Aurelie, her maid. Emma’s dreams as a means to escape her boredom, before and after her marriage to Charles Bovary who fails to recognize her needs as well as her tendency to go astray. Her marriage was a disappointment even before it happened. She would have preferred a midnight wedding with torches, but her father refused. Instead, she had a traditional wedding. After marriage, she was sexually unhappy and her desire for luxury and romance, which she gets from reading, prevented her from having a normal life. In her search for happiness she chose to be unfaithful to Charles and have lovers, Rodaulph and Leon. And to Emma, it was the only way to exercise power over her own destiny. Just like Emma, Elizabeth was disappointed in her two marriages. First she

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