Study Guide

Madame Bovary Three Act Plot Analysis

By Gustave Flaubert

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Part I: Flaubert has actually divided his novel into three appropriate sections for us. This first one ends as Emma’s depression and discontentment motivates the move from Tostes.

Act II

Part II: Emma begins to wonder about experimenting with life outside marriage; she falls in love with Léon, but actually embarks upon an adulterous affair with Rodolphe. This "act" finishes with her reunion with Léon.

Act III

Part III: Emma starts her affair with Léon, but things quickly spin out of control, both emotionally and financially, and end in ruin.

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