M. Butterfly Act II, scenes 8-11: Summary and Analysis

David Henry Hwang

Act II, scenes 8-11: Summary and Analysis

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Gallimard is completely lovesick after the news that Song is pregnant. Song tries to explain to him why divorcing his wife and marrying her is not a viable option. During the conversation that ensues, Song continues to get the upper hand by emphasizing the meek qualities that reinforce the Oriental female stereotype. She is “not worthy.” Of course, she also doesn’t want him to do anything that would endanger his position in the embassy and thus her source of pertinent information.

The two continue to discuss the plans for the child, whom they assume will be a boy. Song insists on raising him in China. The conversation ends with an aside by Gallimard to the audience in which he...

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