Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress Essay

1005 Words Nov 10th, 2006 5 Pages
Balzac and The
Little Chinese Seamstress

What is the ironic result in his success in making the Little Seamstress more Sophisticated?
What does this suggest about attempting to change others to ones beliefs or desires?

Communism came to power in China in the year 1949 and was dictated by Mao Zedong, who later ordered for all educated men and women of China to be reeducated in the countryside. Lou and the narrator were just two of many thousands to be sent off to be reeducated. Lou and the narrator then meet the Little Chinese Seamstress, and Lou, as well as the narrator to an extend fall in love with her.
The result of Lou's actions to re-educate the Little Seamstress to be more sophisticated and cultured, may be viewed by many
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However after listening to the stories the Little Seamstress wishes for something to give her simple existence more meaning. As she suggested to the boys to steal the suitcase from Four Eyes so that they would be able to read them to her. She states how Balzac's words
"made her fell good, and more intelligent."
This may give the reader the impression that maybe that be it was not just Lou that planned to make changes in her life, but it was her. She was the one that wanted to explore the world and find out more about who she really is.

Throughout the novel Lou goes against some of the Communists laws, and there are a number of reminders that there is no escaping its grasp, and it will always be a part of their lives while being re-educated. These reminders are symbolized through a number of different objects like; the alarm clock, the buffalo's tail, and the red beaked ravens.
The alarm clock allows Lou and the narrator the power to manipulate time as they like. So they no longer have to abide by the demanding village schedule. This involved carrying buckets of waste up the mountain from dawn to dusk. The alarm clock allowed them to be free from the early morning wake up call from the village headman. The narrator realizes this when he stated
"After that historic morning we go into the habit of readjusting time" The buffalo's tail shows the defiance towards communism as the whole village follows their traditions to farewell Four Eyes, by killing a working

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