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Madame Bovary Questions

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  1. What claims does Madame Bovary make for the role of women in the society of Flaubert’s time?
  2. How does the novel’s narrative voice contribute to its effectiveness?
  3. How sympathetic (or unsympathetic) are we to the novel’s main characters? How does this affect our reading of the novel?
  4. Is Emma believable as a real woman, rather than simply a literary character?
  5. What do you think Flaubert meant when he declared, "Madame Bovary, c’est moi" (I am Madame Bovary)?

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