An Analysis of Interactions of the Male Figures with the Heroines of Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary.
In everyday life, a person's character is revealed not only by himself but also by the way that he or she treats others. In Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, both heroines are introduced as strong women, but as the story progresses, their character flaws get the best of them. The male characters which influence the heroines in Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina parallel each other and are used as characterization tools by the authors of each work. By examining various male figures in each novel, similarities in the women are detected and clarify how the result of their adventures is inevitably the same. .
Charles Bovary and Alexey Karenin are the main victims of Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina's affairs, respectively. The characterization of these men highlights the great character flaw shared by both Anna and Emma: their inability to cope with "ordinary life-. In Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Anna is involved in an unfulfilling relationship with Karenin in that she is restless by their monotonous relationship, and is looking for something more. "The Karenins, husband and wife, continued living in the same house; they met each other every day but they were utter strangers- Likewise, in Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Emma is very unsatisfied by her mundane life as a bourgeoisie and concludes that her unhappiness roots from her dull marriage with Charles. Anna and Emma's frustration, when examined is more or less the same. Charles and Karenin display very similar personalities. They both love their wives but are very preoccupied with their occupations, as they are both respected men in society. The two men can both be classified as nave. Emma is quick to take advantage of Charles' trusting character and alludes to other, more passionate relationships with Rodolphe and Léon. Anna is also tired of being the government official's wife in St.