Themes of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang Essay

To tell the story, Gallimard asks Song for help, and the audience can see Song as part of Rene’s imagination. Song describes some events without Rene’s participation or adds comments and information that Gallimard himself does not want to mention. It is interesting that, being a figment of imagination, Song is still uncontrolled by Rene. Sometimes, the latter tries to hide the truth or embellish the situation, remove some event from his memory, or vice versa – prolong it. Overall, the audience can see the significant impact of self-deception and imagination on Rene’s memory.

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