Thought for Food: Why Emma Would Rather Not Eat

Chenier, Natasha Rose

Concordia University, Quebec, Canada.

It is easy to dismiss Emma of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary as shallow, selfish and impossible to please due to her troubled relationships with her husband and daughter, as well as her abusive attitude towards the material world.  However her eating habits reveal a more sympathetic side of her character.  Thought for Food: Why Emma Would Rather Not Eat will look at Emma's relationship with food, and in doing so will attempt to reach a deeper understanding of who she is, what she wants, and why she decides that life is not worth living.