Monday, February 27, 2012

Rice Husband Link

This relates to the story because the play is about a failed marriage between an asian and an American. The wife keeps trying to make the marriage work but it obviously is not meant to work. The whole main theme of Madame Butterfly is the way the white soldier can assert his dominance over the Japanese mother. She is much more reliant on him than he is of her. This is the same in the Rice Husband because the husband is much more controlling in the relationship. He makes more money, has the superior job and thus makes the more of the decisions. He gets his way in the relationship too. Lena doesn't really like the system they have but she feels uncomfortable addressing that and thus their "system" is perpetuated. The stories are analogous in the ways in which the "white man" has dominance over their asian counterpart.

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