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Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress Analytical Essay

Essay on Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Throughout his novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie illustrates the powerful influence that books have on their readers. Through his narrative, he establishes his stance on the controversial issue of whether or not storytelling is good. He combines countless events and feelings to create a novel that demonstrates the good of storytelling and the iniquity of book banning and burning. In the end, Sijie portrays storytelling as a means of good entertainment, enlightening experience and positive encouragement. First and foremost, Sijie displays storytelling as a means for entertainment, and in turn, as something good. He portrays Luo as an…show more content…

Stories give people new ideas and experiences along with lessons that they are unable to realize in their own lives. The narrator feels as though he is in the land of Balzac’s Ursule Mirouёt even though he has never before seen France. He is so fascinated with the story that he does not put the book down until he has finished the last page (Sijie 57). This allows him to experience life in an entirely different manner from which he is accustomed. From these stories, the boys gain insights into thoughts and emotions that are completely foreign to them. While Luo visits the Little Seamstress telling her of the stories he as read, the narrator feels one of these unfamiliar emotions. He states, “Suddenly I felt a stab of jealousy, a bitter wrenching emotion I had never felt before” (58). Although jealousy is not usually seen as a good feature and while this emotional awakening may seem like a negative effect of storytelling to some readers, it is actually an amazing accomplishment. Stories provide their readers with a new perception of life. They are able to feel what they have never felt, to see what they have never seen, and to be what they have never been. While these experiences may not be the most enjoyable, all experiences leave people with a more extensive idea of what life really is. In addition to providing positive

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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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