Why Modern Women Still Understand Madame Bovary

I just finished Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

When I was halfway through the book, I wanted to give it three stars but by the end, I decided on four. The writing fascinated me, it surely is an excellent translation piece. The characters were real but they all had a bit of mysticism around them that lifted the whole novel's athmosphere to another level.

It's hard to like Emma because she doesn't do anything heroic, she doesn't like anyone but herself and she is never satisfied with what she already has. I wonder if she actually knows what she wants from life or she just likes setting goals in front of her to invigorate her dull days at home.

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Women nowadays can choose from a variety of activities to pursuit. Some women build a great career, some are dedicated to help charitative causes. But I don't think our love life has changed much from the 1800s. Why is that whenever we declare that we found our lifelong partner, then we'll have this lifelong mission to change him? He may be a devoted lover, husband, loving father, hard-working business man but if he doesn't know how to cook, us women would sit at the meal we made for dinner and sigh:

"If only he could cook, too! He never surprises me with dinner." And in the meantime the neighbour sighs and wishes for a man who could finally get a job and stop cooking up the food from the pantry before it all runs out.

We are not all like that. And there is no perfect man or woman and yet we are always full of desires for this idealized person. Why are we longing for an idea that we throw away as soon as we get it? When are we ever going to be satisfied?

The answer must be all in our genes, the fact that we want to find the perfect mate to reproduce perfect offsprings. Women can become the strongest leaders or the toughest business women, our feminine side will always be in there as a dreamer called Emma Bovary.

Audrey Weiselworth

What do you think about women like this? Are you like Emma Bovary or the opposite?

This was Day #4 at my personal 25 Day Blogging Challenge to motivate myself for writing more often.

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