M. Butterfly Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Gallimard mean when he says he has become a celebrity?

Because of the scandal he is involved in, everyone seems to know who he is. Gallimard imagines that at parties he is the always the most popular topic of conversation, and has achieved the popularity he never had growing up.

2. What seems to be other people's opinion of Gallimard? Does he reflect that same opinion?

People think Gallimard is an unattractive man. Gallimard doesn't refute this; in fact he backs up other people's opinion of him, although it seems to affect the way he interacts with other people.

3. What is the premise for Gallimard's favorite musical, Madame Butterfly?

An American sailor named Pinkerton comes to China, where he buys a house and a wife for himself. The wife is a beautiful young woman who, despite his cruelty, devotes herself to him unconditionally.

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