Essay heading: A Brief Examination of the Tragic Element in Madama Butterfly

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September 29, 2001

 

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Either way, she buys into an illusion and thereby contributes to her own downfall. Pinkerton, as a product of American culture, is predisposed to disregard the seriousness of his actions. From his point of view, he is simply enjoying the harmless perks of an exotic culture. Whether Puccini was attempting political commentary or not, these symbolic incorporations of Japanese and American cultural traits, as perceived by Puccini, within the characters of Pinkerton and Cio Cio San contribute to the culmination of said tragic element in the opera...
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Whether Puccini was attempting political commentary or not, these symbolic incorporations of Japanese and American cultural traits, as perceived by Puccini, within the characters of Pinkerton and Cio Cio San contribute to the culmination of said tragic element in the opera. If opera audiences are to hate Pinkerton, then they must also thumb their noses at Kate, Sharpless, Goro, Uncle Bonzo, and Suzuki...
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