Emma’s despair after the first disillusion of marriage echoes Flaubert’s shortly before he started work on the novel. In part one, chapter nine, Emma abandons her former pastimes and hobbies, because “What was the good?” (p. 61). Writing to his friend Louis Bouilhet, Flaubert at age twenty-nine is plagued by the same question: “From the past I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. . Something–the eternal ‘what’s the point?’ sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open” ( Flaubert in Egypt ).
We see the notion of Science pick up at the beginning of Chapter Two. They arrive at a small town called Yonville. They give us in-depth descriptions of what they see. “The most eye-catching sight of all is across the street from the Lion d’Or Inn: Monsieur Homais’ Pharmacy. To me this is surprising because they compared this to a church, highway, and other important places. I can say that if I was walking in an unfamiliar place and saw a church on one side and a pharmacy on the other, the church would catch my eye without a doubt. This leads to a big event in the book. Hippolyte has clubfoot, so Monsieur Homais wants Charles to try a new treatment for the clubfoot. Charles decides that he will perform this treatment on Hippolyte after heavy pressure from Monsieur Homais. Charles does the treatment there was little blood and no sign of pain, from what everyone thought this was a success and a big step in science. Now everybody is high in spirits and was praising the men of science. “Hail to those tireless spirits of mankind” and “Hail to our magnanimous men of science”.
The first symbol, which I found in Madame Bovary, was the Blind Beggar. The Blind Beggar symbolized how Emma changed throughout Madame Bovary. The Blind Beggar's song talks about "birds and sunshine and green leaves" (188). I believe that the "birds and sunshine and green leaves" symbolizes how beautiful Emma has become. The Blind Beggar being blind, I believe, symbolizes the corruption that has become of Emma. At first we get the impression of Emma to be an innocent beautiful housewife of Charles. As the novel progresses we see how Emma changes. We see how she gets corrupted and gives into the temptations of adultery and the deceptions to keep Charles from the truth about what is going on. After Emma dies the Blind Beggar finally finishes his song of the innocent girl dreaming (258). We finally come to realize that the song, that we thought was about an innocent girl, was really a sexual song about a woman. The song is like the way that a reader perceives Emma to be, innocent beautiful housewife at first and then a corrupted adulteress ( 1).