The Chinese Seamstress Analysis

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Uday Sethi
English 10
Monday, October 5, 2015

Comparative Essay

A seeking for identity shown through evolution takes place in both “The Chinese Seamstress” and “The Handsomest Drowned man”, seen through the development of characters from narrative stories that help them grow as individuals who live in societies that are isolated and unknown from the rest of the world. The way the narratives impact the characters and society in the two stories help them seek a new identity that could not be discovered without them. The novel “The Chinese Seamstress” is a great way to exemplify development of knowledge and character seen through two major characters, the narrator and the seamstress. The short story “The Handsomest Drowned man” shows a broader development of identity through a society.

One of the important characters in the “The Chinese Seamstress” is the narrator, who is not only vital because he is the main character but also because he goes through a lot of development and evolution based of the narratives he reads. Four eyes, the narrators friend, had a stash of foreign books that he had received from his mother that were banned during the Cultural Revolution that was occurring in China at the time. They were novels by foreign authors writing about love and the outside world, which was something the narrator was not exposed to and thought in China. By reading the books stolen from four eyes, the Narrator learns how the western world differs from their clinched society,
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