M. Butterfly Essay

M. Butterfly Essay - Proctor 1 Seth L. Proctor Tim Saunders...

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Proctor 1 Seth L. Proctor Tim Saunders Introduction to Theatre 4 February 2008 M. Butterfly The term ‘gender identification’ traces its roots back to the earliest behaviorist psychologists to study the human mind. Freud and his incessant talk of male and female identifications and motivations continued this idea in the 20 th century, and after him the idea of archetypal images came into the scene. It is this idea of the archetypal image of being identified as either distinctly male or female that Hwang plays with in his work M. Butterfly . In it Hwang uses both dialogue and character action to play with the idea of masculinity and femininity, as well as the idea of commonly accepted sexual ideas and themes. This idea of how one is identified as either male or female begin, and is rather well exemplified, in the first exchange between Song and Gallimard on pages 16 and 17. This scene also brings special interest for the simple reason that it shows almost musical quality and thusly harkens back to Hwang’s original idea to compose the work as a musical. The dialogue presented here is therefore akin to a dance—a dance where, when inspected, shows that it is the person playing the female who is leading the dialogue (or dance if one wills), while the male character is following along despite their own wishes
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