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In M Butterfly the stereotypes created by Western world turn into the illusions about Asian world and its attributes The brightest example of the creeping stereotypes created by the French in the play is Gallimards perception of the Western politics towards Asian world Gallimards views are reflected in his discussions with Helga Toulon and of course Song Orientals will always submit to a greater force 46 This and other Gallimards remarks fully express western believes that Asians should bow before the greater power because they can benefit from it The French firmly believed that the traditional culture practiced by the Orientals should be replaced with something better and newer I walk around here all I hear every day everywhere is how old this culture is The fact that old may be synonymous with senile doesnt occur to them18 Gallimard is confident that him and his colleagues have an absolute power to modernize this old and outdated culture and as far as westerners are concerned if they need to exercise the power to achieve the final goal so be it Again and again throughout the play the stereotypes created by the French have proved themselves to be wrong Gallimards unrealistic perception of Asians resulted in his repatriation back to Paris his humiliation and loss of his happiness with Song He could never imagine that the West would see resistance from the Orientals who unlike a Western didnt confront him threaten even pout 56 It is interesting how in the conversation with Helga Gallimard makes a comment The Chinese are an incredibly arrogant people 18 At the same time the arrogant people are in fact him and Toulon and other French who have decided their presence is great for Asians They want the good things we can give them If the Americans demonstrate the will to win the Vietnamese will welcome them into a mutually beneficial union46 Such blindness by stereotypes shows how western views of
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