Summary Of Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

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Whether it be a result of the re-education or just coming of age, the Narrator in the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie develops monumentally. In this passage, The Narrator was caught retelling the tailor a story he had read. However, the headman put forth a proposition. If Luo (the Narrator’s friend) can fix his tooth, he will not report the Narrator to the Security Office. The headman is both respected and feared yet in reality, he is quite vulnerable. This is proven during his tooth procedure performed by Luo. The Narrator’s reaction to the surgery reveals his desire to get revenge on the headman. The passage starts out with an in-depth description of the headman’s extracted tooth. The fragile state of his tooth is espied along with the diagnosis of other health complications, including a bout of syphilis. This manifests the fact that the headman physically is not as tough as he appears to be. Sijie uses grotesque imagery like a storyteller would in order to describe the headman's tooth. The tooth is described to resemble a “...jagged mountain range” with “blackened inflamed gums” next to it were “tobacco-stained canines” and a “dark pulpy hole.” This vivid description unveils the fact that the headman is not all that beloved. A citizen would not describe a leader he admired as having anything close to a “disgusting” feature. If the Narrator valued the headman, he would not go into such great detail of how vulgar the molar was. This also
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