2.27.2008

Theory


At the end of Madame Bovary, Flaubert leaves Emma's dead body on display, sparing his readers nothing, even the way the rigor mortis makes her stiffened lips separate.

I don't think Flaubert was cold hearted. It's just that his words were more important than his characters.

Words are EVERYTHING for a writer. When it's really happening, the plot is born fully formed from out of the top of the heads of the words.


nk


2 comments:

nk said...

Yes! That is exactly right. Flaubert was able to flout literary conventions because a literary work is something above and beyond those conventions.

Jennifer B said...

Amen to words.