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Yip 1 Stacey Yip Lester O’Connor DOC 3: Section A18 12 April 2010 Journal Two: M. Butterfly In Act Two, Scene Two of David Henry Hwang’s play, M. Butterfly , the protagonist Monsieur Gallimard and his Oriental mistress Song are settled down in their flat in Beijing and discuss the differences between Chinese and Western education. Song is curled up at Gallimard’s feet, and brings up the issue of how China neglects education for the women. She says that in the “New Society,” referring to Communism, Chinese women are kept equally ignorant. She proclaims that one of the exciting things about loving a Western man is that he is not threatened by a woman’s education. While Gallimard remains humble, Song asks him to share news of Vietnam with her so that her knowledge would grow, continuing to praise him for his leadership and intelligence. In this particular scene, Song plays up her Orientalism in her act to seduce Gallimard, while her praises of adoration cause his ego to swell and his self-confidence to rise.
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course DOC 3 taught by Professor Shragge during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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