The Lives and Deaths of Anna, Emma, and Edna. A Scientific Approach to "Anna Karenina", "Madame Bovary", and "The Awakening"


Essay, 2018

14 Pages, Grade: 100


Abstract or Introduction

Since their debut in the nineteenth century, Anna from Tolstoy’s "Anna Karenina", Emma from Flaubert’s "Madame Bovary", and Edna from Chopin’s "The Awakening" have been misunderstood due to a lack of scientific knowledge regarding female physiology and psychology, as well as the climate caused by the patriarchal societies in which the novels are set.

Close readings of the primary texts and an examination of the biological and evolutionary principles in Brizendine’s "The Female Brain" and Yuval Harari’s "Sapiens", as well as previous criticism concerning the characters, reveal the motives behind the characters’ decisions. Contrary to prior criticism, the three protagonists were neither angels nor monsters; they were mere humans, controlled by their physiology and instincts, and constrained by a dictatorial patriarchy, resulting in their deviant actions and their suicides.

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Title
The Lives and Deaths of Anna, Emma, and Edna. A Scientific Approach to "Anna Karenina", "Madame Bovary", and "The Awakening"
College
American Public University System
Grade
100
Author
Year
2018
Pages
14
Catalog Number
V1312621
ISBN (eBook)
9783346792785
ISBN (Book)
9783346792792
Language
English
Keywords
Anna Karenina, The Awakening, Madame Bovary, Edna Pontillier, Emma Bovary
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Natalie Perdue (Author), 2018, The Lives and Deaths of Anna, Emma, and Edna. A Scientific Approach to "Anna Karenina", "Madame Bovary", and "The Awakening", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1312621

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