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Plot in Madame Bovary

Plot Examples in Madame Bovary:

Part I - Chapter Two

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"colza..."   (Part I - Chapter Two)

Colza oil is used as an herbicide. Apparently this young man was able to use sales of the oil to pay his debtors.

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"all that was left of the ruined old chateau..."   (Part I - Chapter Eight)

Flaubert shows how the ruined old chateau still holds more character amidst its broken parts than the new, Italian-style modern one.

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"Yonville-l'Abbaye..."   (Part II - Chapter One)

Yonville-L'Abbaye, near Rouen, is the second official setting of the novel, starting with the Lion d'Or (Golden Lion) as the first sub-setting in chapter two.

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"Ile-de-France..."   (Part II - Chapter One)

Ile-de-France is the busiest, wealthiest, and most cosmopolitan region of Paris. People from all over Europe gravitate toward that area. By the time the novel is set, we can witness its growth.

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"gradually this feeling grew weaker, and other desires gathered over it..."   (Part III - Chapter One)

There is never certainty in Madame Bovary on whether Emma's suitors are actually interested in her in a formal way.

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