In the novels Madame Bovary and Crime and Punishment, the authors, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Gustave Flaubert, use children to reflect the consequences of their parent's actions. The authors portray these consequences through the children with the of the purpose of Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary and Marmeladov in Crime and Punishment, learning the lessons of fatherhood and motherhood. Gustave Flaubert uses unique writing style to develop the relationship between children and consequences. Fyodor Dostoyevsky also uses creative style in establishing a link between the two.
In Madame Bovary, Flaubert uses his style in revealing Emma Bovary's consequences through her daughter Berthe. After Emma's marriage to Charles Bovary, Emma becomes pregnant. She hopes for a boy, though when she delivers the baby, it turns out to be a baby girl, Berthe. She faints when the baby is born, and soon becomes withdrawn after Berthe's birth. Soon after Berthe's birth, Emma begins leading a life of infidelity. Berthe suffers from these affairs, with Leon and Rodolphe, later on in her life.
She longed for a son. He would be strong and dark, and she would call him George. This idea that she might have a male child was sort of anticipatory compensation for all the frustrations of her past life... 'It's a girl' said Charles, she turned her head and lost consciousness (Flaubert, 1864, p.83).
During the life of Berthe, she and Emma never had much of a mother-daughter relationship. Emma does not like being in the presence of Berthe and
often pushes her away from herself. Many times Emma had to be reminded that she has a child, by Charles, when she tried convincing him to go on trips and vacations. Emma is self-centered, and therefore does not put Berthe first, nor fulfill what she needs in life. Emma only cares about herself.
Berthe, in her little knitted boots, moved uncertainly, trying to reach her mother and cling to her apron-strings. 'Leav...
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