Summary Of Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

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Oct. 9, 2017

Hunter Buerger
Ap English Lang & Comp

In the book, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, written by Dai Sijie. The setting of this book takes place in Communist China, during the re-education period. The Story is based around two young men, the Narrator and his best friend Luo, who find themselves tossed into the middle of this re-education program. From pgs. 166-168, we witness an interesting conflict between the Narrator and his relation to the little Seamstress. In this section of the story, Luo has left the village that the Narrator and Luo are being re-educated due to his mother becoming ill. The Narrator was left with the task of watching over the Seamstress. Throughout this part, the narrator refers to himself as like a secret agent watching over her. This is an interesting way of describing his situation This is highlighted in this passage, pg 166-pg 168, the Narrator encounters a band of want to be suitors of the Seamstress. Narrator then falls under assault from the band and narrowly escapes. Following Narrator's arrival back in his village for the night, Narrator's reaction to what happened reveals more about him as a character as well as his relation to the Seamstress. In the current place in the story, the narrator's relationship between him and the seamstress paints us a brighter picture of how the morals of the Narrator are clashing with his true desires and causing the Narrator to feel remorse for himself.
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