M. Butterfly Questions and Answers

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Gallimard doesn't suspect that Song is a man. In court, he even testifies that he didn't know. Ultimately, it appears he doesn't want to believe that Song is a man, which would ruin the fantasy in...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 12:05 am UTC

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In David Henry Hwang’s play, M. Butterfly, clothing is significant in that it helps characters change identities both to draw parallels and to deceive others. For example, while describing his...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 8:36 pm UTC

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Looked at it from a Western perspective, Chinese opera appears as a joining of mime, speech, singing, and instrumental accompaniment—in other words, it is more of a mixed genre than European opera...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 7:28 am UTC

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In order to understand the climax of the play M. Butterfly, it is important to review the meaning of “climax” in terms of theatre. The climax is the point at which the action starts during which...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 3:50 am UTC

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According to the definition of a tragic hero, one must have a fatal flaw that brings about their destruction, and they must be able to elicit pity and sympathy from the audience. If your character...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 1:58 pm UTC

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In David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, his re-working of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the relationship between Song Liling and Rene Gallimard demonstrates the enduring strength of various stereotypes...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 12:48 pm UTC

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Of these juxtaposed ideas, the one most obviously central to the play is that of fantasy versus reality. Gallimard lives in a make-believe world by carrying on his affair with Song and apparently...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 3:34 pm UTC

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David Henry Hwang's play, M. Butterfly is based on the true story of a French diplomat who carried out a 20-year affair with a Chinese opera singer, whom he later discovers to be a man. The play...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2011 5:09 am UTC

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David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly is a tale of love, power, and most importantly, deception. The main characters, Rene Gallimard and Song Liling, have an affair based on Gallimard's understanding...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 11:53 pm UTC

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Gallimard has never been particularly successful with women, as the other educator notes. In a scene from his university days, he tells his friend that he is too insecure to approach women, as he...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2017 4:23 pm UTC

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In many ways, M. Butterfly is a play about interpersonal relationships, as it focuses on the doomed love of René Gallimard for Song Liling . In other respects, however, politics dominates the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020 6:04 am UTC

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In M. Butterfly, Hwang’s brilliant use of structure, style, and storytelling earned his script the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play. His structure crisscrosses time and space. His style flows in and...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018 3:45 am UTC

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Gallimard appears to exemplify the usual distorted view that westerners have of "the Orient." He seems to understand that the submissive Asian female is a cultural stereotype, but he nevertheless...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 4:21 pm UTC

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Gallimard has both sympathetic and unsympathetic elements. He commands the sympathy of the audience because he has grown up, by his own admission, "the least likely to be invited to a party" (Act...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 1:22 pm UTC

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Gallimard, as his relationship with Song becomes increasingly serious, seems to adopt more and more the stance of a "dominant" male expecting Song to be the "submissive" female, along with the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 7:17 am UTC

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Rene Gallimard is "mentally blind" because he simply chooses not to see that his lover, Song Liling, is really a man. Long enamored of the opera Madame Butterfly, Gallimard, a lackluster official...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 4:37 pm UTC

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Comrade Chin seems to find Song rather distasteful in the way that she talks about actors and clearly is disturbed that Song is clothed in female garments. In Scene IV, for example, she says openly...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 1:43 pm UTC

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Gallimard has always thought of himself as ugly and undesirable to women. In a scene from 1947 (act 1, scene 4), he tells his friend Marc that he can't go out with him because he doesn't know how...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 1:29 pm UTC

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David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly is a revisionist retelling of the Italian opera Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. Gallimard's character is reworking of Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, a naval...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 6:25 am UTC

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Gallimard has difficulties in developing a relationship with women on love and equal terms. He did not marry for love and cheats on his wife with the Chinese singer and actor Song Lilling, who is a...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2012 6:05 pm UTC

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Song and Gallimard are talking about China and how it is viewed in today's world. Song reflects sadly that although China used to rule the world in the past, that counts for nothing in today's...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2013 6:34 am UTC

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This is a great question. I am tempted to answer by saying - how could you not tell this story. Hwang's play is about the true story of how a French diplomat carried on a twenty-year affair with a...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 1:18 am UTC

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Gallimard is not, by his own admission, "witty or clever." An adjective that would apply to him is "dull." He admits that he is never the life of the party, and he is not very perceptive. For...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2017 12:02 am UTC

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The answer, I believe, is yes and no. In M. Butterfly, Gallimard is a man who should find his true self but does not. Gallimard understands, or should understand, the cultural construct by which...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 11:48 pm UTC

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