In Madame Bovary, Flaubert Uses Public Events

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In Madame Bovary, Flaubert uses Public Events to Mock & Undermine Bourgeoisie Social Conventions. Madame Bovary is written by Gustave Flaubert, a French author. His background largely influences his ability to write about and criticize bourgeoisie social conventions. First, Flaubert considers himself a member of l’inteligencia, from here is where the criticism stems from. L’inteligencia was a social class that believed in intellectualism and had little faith in the church or religion, a distinct characteristic of this class was their belief of being superior to other classes/people. Flaubert was at first born into the Bourgeoisie; this is where his knowledge of their shortcomings stems from, and through this deep rooted knowledge he can make a more personal and more accurate criticism of their social conventions. The fact that he managed to overcome this and become a member of L’inteligencia also adds to his feelings of superiority. Flaubert is also from Rouen, which is the same place Madame Bovary comes from, this means he can give very realistic points of view and descriptions, as he can draw on personal memory to write. This means the novel’s descriptions have a more personal feel and make you feel more like you were there. The main style/techniques that Flaubert uses in the text is realism, he provides vivid descriptions, especially of the Bourgeoisie class which he criticises so much, it is through these descriptions, such as at Madame Bovary’s wedding, that he shows us the class’s shortcomings . Flaubert’s realist style greatly enhances the reality of the text. By writing about normal activities, the text is more realistic , Flaubert doesn’t embellish things, especially when it comes to the bourgeoisie class. For example, in the specific case of the wedding, Flaubert describes every single insignificant detail in great length, hence conveying the
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