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    Madame Bovary: Romantic Fantasy and Bourgeois Realism.

    Many people, myself included, at one point may have lumped Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary into the same category. On the surface they do bear close similarities. Though Madame Bovary is by far the shorter of the two, both novels feature unhappy women who commit adultery and who are both summarily punished for their actions with unremitting guilt that drives them to suicide. But their situations in life, and how they come about these ends, are different. Emma Bovary’s story is infused with a kind of fate that Anna Karenina’s is not, or at least isn’t to the same extent. These themes, of fate and inevitability, are what drive…