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M Butterfly by Rene Gallimard RIUve played out the events of my life night after night alwayssearching for a new ending to my story one where I will leave this celland return forever to my ButterflyUs armsS Hwang 331-4 With thesewords of David Henry HwangUs play M Butterfly we realize that we havejust been staring directly into the memories of Rene Gallimard The factthat Rene Gallimard serves as the narrator of his memories in the play MButterfly delivers an impression of the character behind Gallimard thancould ever be achieved by the viewing of the screenplay The existence ofMarc in the play as seen from GallimardUs perspective the fact thatGallimard serves as the main organizer of ideas in the play and thediffering roles of Helga in the two works all lead to very differentimpressions and interpretations by the reader or viewer GallimardUs narration seems to be the most obvious differencebetween the movie and the play While reading the play the audience hasan opportunity to get to know the personality of Rene Gallimard as wellas his feelings about certain topics Such insight can be very crucial inthe impression that a character makes on an audience GallimardUs personais very evident in the opening lines of the play He remarks initiallyabout the dimensions of the cell the atmosphere and the livingconditions Immediately this paints a picture for the reader that isvery accurate physically and the reader sees that Gallimard isstraightforward and says what he means without very much preamble Asthe opening scenes develop we also see the side of Gallimard that is thedreamer Rene definitely has visions of perfection and they aredemonstrated when he remarks RAlone in this cell I sit night afternight watching our story play through my head always searching for anew ending one which redeems my honor where she returns at last to myarmsS 137-11 Gallimard can be classified as a dreamer and not onlybecause he is confined
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