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Metamorphoses in Search of Love From the very beginning of “The Woman in the Chinese Hat”, Maso presents the characters in a very interesting manner. By using the French language in his story, she is able to make the reader feel the barriers faced by x and y. While the couple continually faces challenges because of language and cultural restraints, they cannot realistically be with one another. Their only hope in fulfilling their deepest desires is to relinquish themselves of these burdens. Maso depicts the couple morphing in an animalistic fashion through her use of imagery and diction. Once the couple has transformed into a more liberated and natural state of an unrestrained animal, they can finally be together, unrepressed by the previous barriers. While the couple faces many hurdles, their desire to be together is very apparent throughout the story. The woman says, “I love you” (112), repeatedly to the French man. She continually sees him in an idealistic way. She refers to the “beauty of his skin” (112) and calls him an “angel” (112). The Man exclaims to the Woman, “You thought I could save you” (112). The girl’s constant desire to be swept away is continually portrayed. The story depicts a fantasy in many ways. The girl adds the idea of her idealized relationship with this man by stating, “ ‘I love you’, entering the illusion like almost everyone else” (112). She is aware that she is trying to live out a fantasy, but does not seem to care. Throughout the story, the couple is constantly facing barriers in their relationship. These obstacles are holding the two from gaining a clear representation of the other person and are making it impossible for the two to fully connect with one another, regardless of their desires.
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The first, and most apparent obstacle between the two is the language barrier. In “The Woman in the Chinese Hat”, Maso uses French text in many areas of the book. Giving the reader a window into the girl’s perspective, Maso’s Frenchmen exclaims, “La troisieme. Parfait!” (112). The use of French in an English written book exemplifies the feelings of the girl. The narrator states, “[He is] asking for something. She doesn’t know what. She tells him, she keeps telling him what she wants” (115). This quotes shows the
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