Sunday, December 4, 2011
Charls Bovary loves Emma and that's where all his misery comes from - his belief in true love. He loves Emma and doesn't let go even though he can see that Emma is all but destroying his life. She is extravagant to the point of driving him into debt, she's not a good wife, she
Talking about selfishness, Leon Dupuis (played by Alf Kjellin in the 1949 classic), the moneylender Lheureux (played by Frank Allenby in the 1949 classic), the aristocrat Rodolphe Boulanger (played by Louis Jourdan in the 1949 classic) seem to be more "grown up". Rodolphe Boulanger knows what is good for him and doesn't let his emotions get in the way of his work. He
The moneylender Lheureux, on the other hand, is even higher up the food chain when it comes to having a firm footing on real life. He is a ruthless businessman, is probably the most selfish character in the story, and has absolutely no regard for other's pain and suffering. He doesn't run an honest business either, he pretty much tricks Madame Bovary into loans at rates that he knows her husband Charles can't possibly afford (Yes, that's what a loan shark is, if you were wondering). Later he just sells the debts off and leaves Madame Bovary at the mercy of another loan shark who doesn't give a whit about Madame Bovary's home and family. We can see that he is pretty much the worst character in the story. But going back to the message that the teens are expected to receive - Is Lheureux "grown up"? It seems he is the one who comes out of it all with good profits and absolutely no suffering whatsoever.