Essay on Comparing and Contrasting Anna Karenina and Madam Bovary
‘Madam Bovary’ takes us on a journey through the life of the extremely complex character of Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Raised in a convent, a lover of sensuality, desirous of an expensive urban lifestyle yet not very smart about money, it is this dichotomy of traits that keeps Emma careening from one radically …show more content…
Of course, these similarities between Anna and Emma only make us more aware of how very dissimilar they are. In terms of personality, Anna is calmer, pragmatic, passionate but not destructive, familial; Emma idealistic, unchecked, self-deluded, romantic, easily won over, stubborn and selfish in every sense of the word.
Emma's early life influenced her entire approach to life. Much of the responsibility for Emma's outlook lies with her convent school education. It is there that Emma is seduced by ` the unexpected sweetness' of the sermons, prayers, masses and religious texts with their powerful images of a suffering Christ to which she