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    Courtney Dunn Mrs. Besnard World Literature 02 November 2015 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress In 1971 the Chinese Cultural Revolution has begun to take off. In this story the protagonist, an unnamed a fine musician, and his storytelling best friend luo, are sent away from Chengdu to a secluded mountain village to be re-educated. After arriving to the "Phoenix of the Sky", the Headman of the village wants to burn the protagonist’s violin. Luckily, Luo saves the violin by encouraging the musician

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    The Little Chinese Seamstress is a story told through the eyes of a young narrator living in Communist China. Throughout this story the character constantly evolves in his mannerisms and his train of thought. His relationship with his best friend, Lou, constantly changes as well as Lou begins to hang out with the rural seamstress. One particular passage, beginning at 123 and ending through the end of 125. In this passage, the narrator has a dream about the Little Seamstress tumbling over a cliff

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    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress In this novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, one of the main characters, Luo, is quite into the Seamstress. In this part of the story, each character, the Old Miller, Luo and the Narrator, are telling their points of view of when Luo and the Seamstress went to their little secret area. In Luo’s point of view, he explains what happened with the Seamstress. The relationship between the Seamstress and Luo reveals that Luo has a

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    The novel of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress written by Dai Sijie is a story set during the historical period of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. During this time, the civilians are forced to endure the harsh conditions of reeducation. Dai includes very vivid details that exemplify how terrible the situation was for the characters and exemplify the severity of the tasks they had to complete such as carrying their waste up a mountain and working in dangerous coal mines. The narrator’s friend

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    comfort along with more is lost. The novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie published in 2000 tells a story of two boys within the re-education system of communist China where things seem hopeless. The Narrator and Luo both meet the Little Seamstress but only Luo is able to entice the Little Seamstress. Luo kindles a relationship with her throughout the novel. Luo regains hope within his life but ultimately the Little Seamstress decides to leave. Luo contemplates his decisions regarding

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    China is and always will be a land seen as mysterious to those with roots in Western culture. And in its own way, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie is what can happen when Western and Far Eastern culture interact. Outside of the cultural revolution, headed by Mao Zedong, which makes the whole novel possible, and was a push back against Western involvement in China, the novel includes many other ideas of cultural interaction. However, it also prominently provides complex emotions

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    In the book Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, the two main characters Luo and the unnamed narrator are sent for reeducation in the Countryside of China in the 1970’s for crimes of their parents. The main characters encounter a village girl known as the Little Seamstress along their travels in the Phoenix Mountain Area and Luo and the Little Seamstress pursue an interesting relationship throughout the course of the book. From pages 149-151, the portrayal of the relationship between

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    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 the novel’s end, the boys are forced to reassess their narrow views and come to recognize the Seamstress as

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    things that generally are kept private. However, in the book The Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, the main character (who doesn’t ever reveal his name to the audience, so is simply called the Narrator), comes off as an especially closed-off character-specifically in the beginning half of the story. He rarely ever speaks what he is actually thinking, which makes him a kind of difficult character to relate to. The Little Seamstress, a local beauty, has caught his eye-along with every other male

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    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, recognizes the importance of foreshadowing and uses this technique in his novel. The color red is used to foreshadow through different motifs such as the “red beaked-raven,” (Sijie 135) wardrobe, and politics. Through the perspective of the book's narrator, whose name is not disclosed, the audience sees connections between red and approaching danger or troubles. The usage of the color red contributes to Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by foreshadowing

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