Flaubert & Tolstoy: Heroines & Boredom

Compares & contrasts the two novels MADAME BOVARY by Gustav Flaubert & ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy. Focuses on the shared theme of boredom by the 2 heroines.

Boredom is a motivating factor for the heroines of the two novels Madame Bovary by Auguste Flaubert and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Both novels feature heroines who have unconventional relationships which set them apart from the society in which they live. Both are married women who have affairs, and both in the end cannot face the sort of world in which they live and commit suicide.
Anna Karenina is a novel structured on elements that are highly dramatic, but the story is told in a realistic fashion with characters who are firmly grounded in their social setting. Tolstoy images this by including considerable detail and by skillfully creating characters with strong psychological underpinnings. These characters come from different backgrounds, and their social roles conflict with one another. Anna and her (…)