Study Guide

Madame Bovary Characters

By Gustave Flaubert

Emma Bovary

So, the book is called Madame Bovary. It’s pretty straightforward. The book really is...

Charles Bovary

Charles is really just a normal guy. He’s neither good nor bad; his biggest faults are...

Monsieur Homais

Homais is a middle-class businessman at heart, but his ambitions never let him stop climbing the...

Rodolphe Boulanger de la Huchette

Rodolphe is another fairly recognizable stock character – he’s a handsome, skilled...

Léon Dupuis

When first we meet him, Léon is kind of the male equivalent of Emma. He’s young,...

Monsieur Lheureux

Monsieur Lheureux is the closest thing we get to a truly evil creature. He is remorseless and...

Berthe Bovary

Berthe doesn’t do anything in particular, except show the faults of her parents....

Madame Homais

Madame Homais is barely even a character. She’s another young-ish housewife (she’s in...