A Simple Heart Questions and Answers

A Simple Heart

It isn't the easiest of tasks to find a short story with a theme of hope. Yet, I think that Flaubert's "A Simple Heart" is just that. It is a story in which the main character, Félicité, lives...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2013, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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Loulou the parrot comes to symbolize the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) for Felicite. She becomes very attached to the bird, who is her companion in her old age. The bird begins to conflate or combine in...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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In the character of Félicité Barette, Gustave Flaubert presents a woman who spends decades of faithful service to the Aubain family and increasingly retreats into her own world of religious...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019, 2:22 am (UTC)

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While Felicite has "a simple heart," Flaubert is keen enough to show that love can be complex and can take on different forms. Loulou represents this as he comes to embody many different elements...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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Both Madame Aubain and Felicite are opposites for a variety of reasons. The most evident reason is because of class. Madame Aubain is a wealthy woman who owns property and has money at her...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2011, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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"A Simple Heart" marks a significant transformation in Flaubert's work. It is a narrative of redemption, something exhibited in the use of the term "simple." When his good friend, George Sand,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2013, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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Simply put, yes. I think that it is critical to understand Flaubert's point in life when he writes "A Simple Heart." One of his last works, Flaubert wrote it at a point where he experienced the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011, 2:30 pm (UTC)

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I do not think that Felicite sees herself as a tragic figure. That would be too complex for her. This is not to slight her as a character. Felicite believes in the capacity to love as an...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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Felicite herself might be a symbol for purity and goodness. Literally, there is no evil in her, no machinations, and nothing that resembles an ulterior motive. This is seen in her selfless...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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I would like to perhaps take this question a bit deeper. No doubt that the previous answer is right in that she does not have a husband. Indeed, she also leaves because of a broken heart. Yet, I...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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There are traces of romantic influence throughout. The title is one; to call something or someone "a simple heart" evokes the stylized simplicity of childhood, as one might encounter in fairy...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2007, 10:20 am (UTC)

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Flaubert does not give a specific reason as to why the child is named how she is. Seeing this as well as the emphasis on Christianity that is present in the story, I think that we can draw some...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Felicite is a servant, not a nurse, who also serves as the babysitter to the children. She is a good servant because she dresses well, she is inexpensive, and she is loyal. Madame Aubain has been...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2012, 1:20 am (UTC)

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If I understand your question correctly, it seems that you’re asking for an explanation of how "A Simple Heart" changes style at some point from Flaubert’s customary literary Realism to a kind of...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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The moment of compassion and understanding that emerges between Madame Aubain and Felicite happens when both of them meet going in opposite directions on the path of spirituality. Felicite had...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011, 8:16 pm (UTC)

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I think that Flaubert is able to bring about a fairly realistic portrayal of his "saint," Felicite, in that he does not allow her religious zeal to escape the difficulties faced in daily life....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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Exile is defined as the forced removal of one from his or her native country. This removal can be either forced (by a commanding group or individual) or self-imposed (one exiles himself or...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2013, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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Monsieur Poupart is a doctor. He does not work for Madame Aubain exactly, except that he is the doctor. Virginia occupied her thoughts solely, for the shock she had sustained gave her a nervous...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012, 3:02 am (UTC)

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