Gustave Flaubert / Madame Bovary



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Gustave Flaubert / Madame Bovary

Essay topics for Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary :




  1. Is Madame Bovary solely a product of a particular age or can the issues raised in this novel be seen as still relevant today?

  2. Emma is not the only character in Madame Bovary who suffers from the impulse to distort life to match a preconceived view of it. Show this on two other characters.

  3. Explain what is meant by the “style indirect libre” and its function in Madame Bovary. Illustrate your answer with a detailed analysis of three passages of your choice.

  4. Compare the description of society in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich

Some literature on the book available in the library.


Title: Approaches to teaching Flaubert's Madame Bovary / edited by

Laurence M. Porter and Eugene F. Gray.

Published: New York : Modern Language Association of America, 1995.

PQ2246 .M3 A66 1995

Author: Heath, Stephen, 1945-

Title: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary / Stephen Heath.

Spine title: Flaubert: Madame Bovary

Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1992.

PQ2246 .M3 H38 1992

Title: Madame Bovary and the critics :

a collection of essays / edited by B.F. Bart.

Published: [New York] : New York University Press, 1966.


PQ2246 .M3 B3

Author: Lovett, Robert Morss, 1870-1956.

Title: Preface to fiction : a discussion of great modern novels.

Published: Freeport, N.Y : Books for Libraries Press, [1968].



PN3503 .L7 1968

Author: BOPP, LEON



Title: COMMENTAIRE SUR MADAME BOVARY

PQ2246 .M3 B6


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