Madame Bovary is a case-in-point illustration of what happens when the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Emma marries Dr. Bovary to escape her life of boredom in the country. She hopes and expects something far more elegant, and is disappointed. Mr. Bovary is not successful enough, not passionate enough for her.
She embarks on a few affairs, only to be ultimately disappointed. She spends on credit and ends up owing far more than she can repay.
The tragedy of Emma Bovary is her complete lack of awareness of how very deeply her husband loves her.
Overall, I found the book to be irritating. I was disgusted with Emma Bovary and her childish selfishness.