If a person does things in the right way, good things are said to come to that person, but in Gustave Flaubert’s “A Simple Heart” it did not happen until her death. After thinking about how she receives her happiness in death, one can honestly say that was a great story. It gives hope to all those people who have been through a rough life and only had a short chance to experience happiness. It is showing them that even though life on earth was a disappointment, the other side is where the true happiness is. This paper will talk about the story and how people criticize Gustave Flaubert. Also, it will give reason why Gustave made the story..
Felicite’s Experiences in “A Simple Heart” Deserves Pity A person would think that if one takes care of a person when he/she is young, the person would help support them in some form of way when they get older, but that is far from the truth. In “A Simple Heart”, there is a young lady name Felicite who wants to find her place in the world, but fate seem to not allow such kindness to come about. Behind every event for Felicite lies misfortune. When Felicite’s father and mother die her sisters want nothing to do with her. They part and go their separate ways, leaving Felicite to fend for herself.
A farmer takes her in while she was still small and lets her keep the cows in the fields. She was dressed and rags and often beaten. The man over the farm dismisses her from the farm for a crime she did not commit. She was accused of stealing thirty sous. That alone is enough to break a poor person’s will, but not Felicite. She finds work on another farm. The master of the farm thought great of her, which made the other worker feel jealous of her. When she is around eighteen, she goes to a fair with her fellow-workers. A male approaches her and asks her for a dance. Afterwards, he treats her to cake.
They walk through the fields. When they stop, he threw her down and she starts to scream. He walks off, leaving her behind. She encounters the young man again. He tells her to forget what happen and blames it on the drinks he had. They talk about marriage and whatnot. He tells her about the lady his family wants him to marry a rich lady. One night she goes to meet the young man, but his friend is there instead. He tells her that she will never meet her lover again. He also informs her that the young man she likes married a rich old lady. She falls to the ground and calls on the Lord.
It is obvious that the young man’s friend took a great deal of her will from her. She walks back to the farm and tell them about her intention of leaving. She leaves and meets Madame Aubain. Madame Aubain takes Felicite in as a cook and housekeeper. She took care of Madame Aubain’s children, Paul and Virginia. She saves Paul and Virginia from a bull. It seems she found love again in the children. Paul goes off to boarding school, but she still has Virginia. She gets a letter about her nephew Victor coming to see her. Victor’s parents tell him to milk Felicite for everything she has. Victor feels bad and he buys her gifts.
Victor leaves because he becomes engage. Victor dies from yellow fever, which takes away another piece of her heart. Virginia starts growing weak. Virginia is under the element. They move to warmer climate. Virginia ends up dying. Felicite stays with the corpse for two nights, not letting the corpse go. Another thing she cherishes greatly is gone. She is given a gift to give to Madame Aubain. It is a parrot. The parrot reminds her of Victor because the bird is From America like Victor. Madame Aubain gives the parrot to Felicite to have. One day her parrot got loose and she went looking for it. She finds it dead. A taxi derma stuffs it.
As time passes the parrot falls apart. Madame Aubain dies. Paul and his wife take all the items that are worth something. Felicite did not complain. Later, Felicite becomes sick. A man name Simon watches over her. Before she dies, a description of what she sees is given. She sees her parrot at the Gates of Heaven. In the gates is a shiny light. That sums up Flaubert’s “A Simple Heart”. Throughout all the hardships, her times of peace were short. The misery of her childhood, the disappointment of her first love, the departure of her nephew, the death of Virginia, and the death of her parrot took all the life she had left in her.
She should have slapped Paul for taking the worth of the house. She raised him and he had the nerves to do her like that. In the end, it did not matter about what she did not have while living. Her death gave her peace and all that she needed. To me Flaubert’s objective was to express how cruel and sad this world can be. According to enotes, Despite Flaubert’s vigorous disclaimer to the contrary, a number of critics of recent vintage have been prompted to interpret ”Un Coeur simple” as an ironic commentary on human stupidity and on stultifying bourgeois attitudes. A question asked by Tampa and other was if Felicite was a tragic or not. I’ll go on and say that it is a tragic. Flaubert admits that it is a tragic in the introduction of the book.
Counting California. (2002, June 18). Retrieved Feb. 15, 2011 from http://www. enotes. com/simple-heart/felicites-view-reality-nature-flaubert-s-irony-un Flaubert, G. (2006). A Simple Heart. New York: Public Domain Books Tampa (2009). In Gustave Flaubert’s “A Simple Heart”. Felicite is not a tragic character. What do you feel? http://www. enotes. com/simple-heart/q-and-a/gustave-flauberts-simple-heart-felicite-not-88465