An Analysis Of ' Madame Butterfly ' And Turandot ' Essay

1999 Words Nov 26th, 2016 8 Pages
An analysis of orientalism in ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘Turandot

Due to the integration of various forms of artistic expression and multicultural customs, opera has been loved by the majority of the people since it was published. Therefore, the same as the other art works and masterpieces, opera also would be influenced by politics and economics, even by the thoughts or minds from most people. Madame Butterfly (Puccini, 1904) and Turandot (Puccini, 1926) were two examples to illustrate how a style of thought did the effects. The story of Madame Butterfly happened at the beginning of the 20th century in Nagasaki Japan, the general Pinkerton, hold the game attitude, married only 15 years old Japanese geisha Cho-Cho-San (Madame Butterfly) wife and end of chaos. However, Turandot demonstrated another type of story. The brutal and beautiful Chinese princess Turandot, was moved by the love from the exiled Tatar prince Calaf, so she gave up the revenge and married with the prince. This essay will utilize the examples of Puccini’s works Madame Butterfly and Turandot to examine how Said’s theory has been confirmed in these two operas and the reasons why the Occident misunderstood the Orient as well. In addition, this essay will also discuss some problems remained in the book Orientalism written by Said.
As a matter fact, these two orientalism works were the adaptations from Puccini rather than his original works. Madame Butterfly was the adaptation according to Velasco 's same name…

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