1. Marie-Henri Beyle, who was known by his pen name Stendhal, was one of the greatest writers of the 19th century. Stendhal was born in Grenoble, France to a wealthy family in January of 1783. His mother died when he was only seven years old. At the age of sixteen, Stendhal moved to Paris to study for the entrance examination to the École Polytechnique but instead enlisted and served as a lieutenant in the French army for eighteen months. He spent the next few years in Paris writing and
something in common; masculine traits. However, these traits weren't necessarily portrayed by a male character. Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart is the one to possess these characteristics but in Like Water for Chocolate it is Mama Elena. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress it is portrayed by a number of characters, both male and female. When looking at these books to each other you can see that there is a difference between their sex and their psychological and behavioral characteristics in relation
Khalil Mack 16 July 2014 Summer Reading Assignment Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Setting the Stage Genre: After reading the novel, I realized that the genres of the book are historical and it is an autobiography. Author: The author of the novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is Dai Sijie. Dai Sijie was born in Putian, China in 1954. He spent most of his childhood working in his father’s shop. At age 30, Dai received a scholarship to study Western art and cinema in France.
Change can be a scary thing, especially when it comes to where one lives. Set in China, the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, is narrated by a seventeen year old boy, and follows him and his best friend, Luo, during the Cultural Revolution, a time of immense change in China’s history. The year is 1971. Chairman Mao, the communist leader of China, has declared that a large number of children are to be moved to the countryside to be “‘re-educated by the poor peasants’”(6)
unequivocal response to the practice: absolutely not. A prime example of this is found in 1970’s China, during which a “Cultural Revolution” took place as a response to the punctuation of Western ideas into the East. Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress takes place during this event, following two city boys, named Luo and a narrator unnamed, who have been consistently exposed to Western ideas in their backgrounds, but then are taken to rural China for “re-education,” introducing