The Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Essay

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a marvelous novel, written by Dai Sijie, which himself was re-educated between 1971 and 1974 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Seamstress three separate accounts are given of an incident in which Luo and the Little Seamstress make love in an isolated mountain pool. Two of these perspectives are given by the participants while the third is provided by the old miller who observes their love making from a distance. Of all the accounts, I found the count of this incident of Little Seamstress most appealing as she is able to present at an imaginative description of this setting and allow the readers to understand her thoughts and feelings. In contrast the…show more content…
Her account of this incident appealed to be in part because of her description of the underwater scenery. Her description is both visual and tactile. Similes describe the stones underwater as “small and smooth like pale eggs” and others “as big as human heads.” She relates the description to things which she is familiar with in her surroundings such as “strangely jutting curves like buffalo horns.” The contrasting words such as smooth, sharp and jagged all help the reader imagine the bottom of the pool. This passage also reveals a side of the Little Seamstress’s character which has not been revealed, her independence of her mind. This is where she explains why she loves to dive for Luo’s key ring. She rejects that she is “I’m like a silly dog that keeps running to fetch the stick thrown by its master. I’m not like those young French girls Balzac talks about. I’m a mountain girl.” This shows her
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