What is the climax of M. Butterfly?  

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The climax of the play M. Butterfly occurs in Act 3 Scene 2 when Gallimard confronts Song after Song has stripped in court and revealed that he is in fact a man.  In the previous scene, Song has told the court how he was able to fool Gallimard for so long into believing that he was a man; Song also reveals all the secret information that he was able to get from Gallimard.  In Scene 2, Gallimard confronts Song--he is angry because he says that he truly loved his Butterfly and he was betrayed.  Song tries to coax Gallimard, but now that he is just a man, Song no longer has any power of Gallimard.  Gallimard banishes Song from his life and comes to the realization that he is no longer like Pinkerton from the Madama Butterfly opera; he now relates to Cio-cio san who gave her life to love her partner.

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