but too often, we tend to define each other by one specific quality. Dai Sijie’s 2001 publication Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress demonstrates this in the form of two young men and how they consider their female companion. The Narrator and his friend Luo are being reeducated in a village in Communist China. Along the way, they both become captivated by the tailor’s daughter, the Seamstress. However, they only see her for her physical beauty, and for her potential to become “civilized”. By
Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress In the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress written by Dai Sijie, the interaction between Luo, the Narrator, and the headman reveals the purpose of re-education and its cultural values that shaped Chinese culture and shows the impact that it left on characters such as Luo and The Narrator. Not only does the Chinese government encourage re-education, but through this, it discourages individuality and showing your intellectual abilities.
Critical Analysis of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress During the period right before the Cultural Revolution began the country of China was in the middle of a peasant revolt. There had been many things plaguing the country, especially an economic crisis. According to Singh (1968), this was a very important moment in the country’s history, because in such a short time frame the revolution brought created tremendous changes in the political, social and cultural life of the Chinese people.
In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, written by Dai Sijie, Luo, his best friend the narrator, and the titular Little Seamstress acquire a briefcase full of books. These Western Romantic books, previously denied to the main characters by the Cultural Revolution, allow the main characters to gain something that they had previously been denied: education. As he reads these books, his language moves from the sparse way of speaking to the thoroughly Romantic language it becomes at the book’s apex
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie is about two teen boys being sent out to rural China for reeducation. Set on Phoenix Mountain, the novel introduces us to the local beauty, the Little Seamstress, who quickly becomes the girlfriend of the narrator’s best friend. The Little Seamstress, for much of the novel, was a static character. She was a project that Luo, the narrator’s best friend, was bent on completing. However, towards the end of the novel, the princess of Phoenix Mountain