Feminism, Gender Roles : Madame Bovary, By Gustave Flaubert

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INTRO TO CONCEPT OF FEMINISM, GENDER ROLES Madame Bovary," by Gustave Flaubert, was one of the most significant novels during the period of the French Revolution. This work of art was one of the most provoking of its time due to its unromantic nature, which was very eccentric compared to his contemporaries. Instead of centering this literary work on romanticism, Flaubert depicted adultery and literary theories such as feminism. These aspects of literature were not common in France, and were taboo at the time. Flaubert constructed this work to represent his perception of the French society through the characters in Madame Bovary. Flaubert allows the reader to observe the routines and the psychology of the characters in correlation to the setting of the novel. Madame Bovary gives the realistic view of the French way of life for a woman at this time with a feministic approach. However, although Flaubert depicts feministic theory in Madame Bovary, one can research more historical facts about feminism in France during time frame that the work was published. The origination of French feminism begins with the French Revolution. Prewar, French were null of political rights and were considered passive citizens; they had to depend on men to make decisions for them. Women were expected to play their traditional roles: the wife, mother and housekeeper. However, during the French Revolution women gained several important responsibilities, and played critical roles of patriotism.

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