M. Butterfly - Study Guide Act 2, Scenes 5 and 6 Summary & Analysis

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Scene 5 - Gallimard narrates how over the years he and Song (whom he calls Butterfly) settle into a routine that included sexual activity. As he reveals how grateful he is to have someone in his life who actually listens, Helga interrupts. Song watches as Helga and Gallimard argue over whether they should have a child. Their conversation reveals that Helga has been trying to get pregnant for some time, but with no success. They argue over whether Gallimard should see a doctor for some tests. The argument leads Gallimard to take refuge in conversation with Song about whether having a child is a Western ideal, similar to that of how Oriental women behave and believe, that Gallimard should change. Song offers to have Gallimard's child, urging him to not see the doctor and saying it is not a manly thing to do. "I...

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