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Women in Rebellion - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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Marian overhears a plot by Glyde and Foscoe to appropriate Laura’ s money and she warns Laura against signing any document without reading it. She climbs on to the roof of the veranda to overhear the plot but falls sick. When she recovers from her illness, she learns that Laura has died in London. Sir Percival has inherited all of Laura’ s money. Hartwright returns to England and visits Laura’ s grave where he sees Marian and the living Laura. He learns that Laura’ s death has been faked by her husband, who had buried Anne Catherick, the woman in White, as Laura, and sent Laura to the lunatic asylum in the place of Anne.

The resemblance between the two women facilitated this duplicity. Marian has discovered Laura at the asylum and contrived her escape from there. Marian and Walter nurse Laura back to health. Walter uncovers the ‘ secret’ behind Sir Percy’ s anxiety- his parents were not legally married and he has no right to his property or title. Walter tries to obtain the church registers as evidence, but Glyde sets fire to the church where he is also destroyed by the evidence.

Count Fosco is murdered by an Italian secret society, and Walter Hartwright marries Laura. In Madame Bovary, Flaubert has tried to portray the needs of a sensuous woman who is frustrated by the monotony of her life into rebellion. Charles Bovary is a doctor in a French village, who is married to a disagreeable woman. He meets Emma when he goes to attend the broken leg of her father and is struck by her freshness and beauty. When his wife dies, he marries Emma.

Soon, Emma finds marriage to the boring doctor stifling. Once they attend a ball given by the Marquis d’ Andervilliers, where Emma is enchanted by the fashionable women and dashing noblemen. Finding life in the village dull, she becomes listless, and they shift to a small town nearby. Here, she gives birth to a daughter whom she names ‘ Berthe’ , but motherhood does not agree with her. She becomes infatuated with a young student Leon, who finds her refined tastes attractive. But Emma hides her feelings and Leon goes away to Paris for higher studies.

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  • Pages: 8 (2000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Undergraduate
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