3 books that we have all undoubtedly encountered along our personal learning paths. What if the time has come to read or reread these masterpieces with a new understanding?
Today we present 3 very famous works featuring the common thread of a female presence that is controversial and, at times, complex. Each of these novels perfectly reconstructs the habits, customs, and relationships of the era in which they were written. Have a pleasant read!
EUGENIA GRANDET – HONORÉ DE BALZAC
A French novel published in 1833, one of the author's most famous works, narrates the life of Eugénie. The novel is divided between her father's greed and unquestionable financial skills, the pain caused by the premature death of her mother, and a love that ends in great disappointment. It is a realistic snapshot of how money and power can damage human relationships and how wealth, if unaccompanied by sincere feelings and an untroubled life, does not ensure happiness.
MACBETH – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
One of the best known, quoted and re-proposed Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a story of ambition, political power, wealth, and fame and how these factors can distort human reality, pushing it to the extreme. The figure of Lady Macbeth is legendary, as one of the evilest characters in Shakespeare's oeuvre. She accuses her husband of too much innate goodness, leading Macbeth to sully himself with numerous murders to bring about the prophecy of the three Witches and become King.
MADAME BOVARY – GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Another classic of French literature, Madame Bovary is a young woman, who was only acquainted with love through the pages of the many novels she read and of which she dreamed. It is precisely this idealisation of life and love that led her to be soon dissatisfied with her everyday life and her marriage and to seek a break from boredom and monotony that grips her in multiple extramarital affairs.