Theme of Maturity


Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress:Maturity

The Narrator:

The narrator changed drastically throughout the book, when the narrator was first introduced he is presented as timid character and was always protected by Luo and his outgoing personality. However when the Narrator gets his hands on the western books, that is how he starts his true “Re-education” The climax of the book is when it truly shows how much the narrator has changed, the abortion scene. When the LCS is in very deep trouble the only person there to help her is the Narrator, The narrator in the abortion scene is shown to have developed into a very reliable and independent friend.


Western literature did not impact Luo as much as it impacted the narrator, however ironically Luo matures more from teaching the LCS than reading the books. When Luo was first introduced he was the complete opposite of the Narrator, he was outgoing and a very quick thinker, this has not changed but Luo’s romantic relationship with the LCS, and its abrupt ending has traumatised Luo and as a result has made him more untrusting towards the outside world.

The Little Chinese Seamstress:

Arguably the LCS has “Matured” the most out of all the characters. When the LCS was first shown, she was seen as a very docile characters and were described as “Uncut gems” by the narrator ,foreshadowing the LCS’s potential. The LCS was taught by the two boys but mostly by Luo. However Luo did not exactly have the correct teaching attitude he wanted to “Mold” the LCS into his ideal woman, but he did not predict that the LCS would develop this much.

Quotes Analysis:

“She’s not civilized, at least not enough for me.” -


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