M. Butterfly - Study Guide Act 1, Scenes 6, 7, 8 and 9 Summary & Analysis

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These scenes detail the early stages of the relationship between Gallimard and his "ideal" woman, the performer Song Li Ling.

Scene 6 - Song, dressed as Butterfly, performs Butterfly's final scene in the opera - her ritual suicide after learning that Pinkerton is not going to marry her. Gallimard narrates the scene, revealing that one of the lyrics she sings is "Death with honor is better than life with dishonor." As the performance concludes, Gallimard recounts how he finds the singer attractive and vulnerable, describing how he wants to take care of her. Song joins him, Gallimard compliments her, and Song speaks bluntly about how much she hates Madame Butterfly, describing it as a total western fantasy - "the submissive Oriental woman and the cruel white man." She bluntly urges Gallimard to attend the Chinese opera, see some real theatre, and expand his mind...

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