One of the main heroes. He is a complete opposite to his wife, Emma. Being a country doctor he feels like he is in his place, he likes saving people and treating them. But he lacks knowledge that is why he doesn’t do hard operations where people can die or where their lives depend on him. When Emma insists on doing an operation to Hippolyte he immediately agrees, as he loves Emma very much. Unfortunately, it develops severe gangrene, and another doctor was called to save the patients life.
Also, he is portrayed as a person who lacks intelligence and imagination; he is very naive and unaggressive and has the most conventional and mundane interests. Charles loves Emma to the death, he cares about her, but every time it is not enough to her. He believes she will become better wife and mother, but truly she never understands what she wants.
Moreover, when Emma's debts begin to mount, Charles grants her power of attorney over all his property, which eventually results in financial ruin. After Emma kills herself, Charles discovers her infidelity and dies a disillusioned and lonely man.
It is really hard to understand his appearance, according to the words of Emma – he was that much ugly, that no one can ever imagine. But we all know what a woman she was, that is why it is almost impossible to get to know his real outlook.
Being stupid, in some way immature Charles represents by himself not only that. Despite all his bad sides, he still is the best character of the book who never wants doing evil. Charles is one of the novel’s most moral and sincere characters. He does everything he can to save her when she is ill, and he gives her the benefit of the doubt whenever her lies seem to fail her. While she possesses some beauty, sensitivity, and intelligence despite her moral corruption, Charles remains good-hearted despite his boorishness and stupidity.
Charles Bovary in the Essays