Summary Of Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

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In the novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, it can be observed that through another character’s perspective as well as their own, Luo and the Seamstress’ relationship is less than ideal and what once may have been a whimsical experience would soon fall from its glorious state. A big indicator of the relationship issues is the Old Miller’s point of view, him being unbiased and just an observer. His use of imagery may symbolize more than what initially meets the eye, so to speak. The Old Miller relates the Seamstress to a swallow, her arms as wings and he shows her flying through the air with the other birds, this could show many different things but to tie all this together it would be best to say that this shows that the Old Miller sees the Seamstress as a free living and elegant being. He shows her flying above her surroundings and that seemingly depicts her as a celestial being, above(or better than) this world in which this takes place. This is contradictory to how the Old Miller views Luo. The Miller briefly goes over Luo while calling part of him shrunken, and depicting him falling asleep. At first glance the shrunken comment was very accurate but it may also be to show how much of opposites Luo and the Seamstress are, what with the Seamstress flying with the birds and Luo laying on the shore, shrunken. The Old Miller also tells how the Seamstress falls into the water, “her wings,extended, did not fold until she touched the surface of the water and plummeted into the depths”, this not only shows that she can jump into a pool of water but also may give an unintended representation of the relationship between Luo and the Seamstress. Although this would be beyond the Miller’s knowledge it is possible that Sijie intended this, the Seamstress being the bird, being swallowed by the water, surrounded in it's embrace. Moreover Luo is controlling the Seamstress in ways that are unconventional to a good relationship, he trains her to be civilized and won't let her be herself, sounds like he's enveloping her into his world, much like the water envelops the Seamstress into itself and pulls her to the depths. The Miller’s overseeing eye may provide an
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