Mythological Strategy

Looking for a deeper, universal meaning


Universal symbols that evoke deep and perhaps unconscious response in a reader, bringing about our hopes and fears since the beginning of time. These are themes or symbols that are traced throughout a work such as animals, colors, and other objects.

Archetypal Characters

Archetypal images

  • How can women today relate Madame Bovary to their own lives?

  • What does Emma’s quest for passion, bliss, and ecstasy say about what a woman desires in a man?

  • Is there another work that you have read that incorporates a motif or symbol of a snake/serpent?

  • Do the social issues that exist in Madame Bovary still exist today?

  • Do the characters in Madame Bovary represent a larger group of people?