Theplay addresses gender. In the play, Gallimard’s eagerness to acknowledge Songas a woman is a characteristic expansion of his perceived impression of Asianmen as feminized. Further, Gallimard’s stereotyping of Asian ladies as aloof,subservient, and unassuming makes it workable for Song to live as his epitomeof a “perfect woman” without being found as a man, in spite of the couple’s veryintimate relationship. Mr. Butterfly investigates customary ideas of sex byhighlighting an important character, Liling, who is naturally a man, however,who prevails with regards to living as a lady for more than twenty years. Atthe end of the play, Gallimard dresses himself as a lady and confers suicide ina way characteristically connected with ladies—by cutting his heart with ablade.
The completion can be translated as a statement that sex isn’t really anatural organic marvel, yet a “socially developed” personality whichmight be expected by individuals from either sex.Theplay addresses East and West strains. It is at last unexpected that a man ofthe evidently sound West is tricked in light of the fact that he depends moreon his romanticizing of the East than on his genuine perceptions of it. Theincongruity is made finished on the grounds that it is in truth Song’s profoundcomprehension of the idea of Western men that enables him to trick Gallimard,and he is an understanding situated in his own perceptions and those of hismom, who was a whore before the Insurgency. At the point when Gallimardrequests that she strip, Song can avoid him by consenting to it and sittingtight for Gallimard to withdraw his demand since she understands that, withGallimard dismissing this to protect her modesty and “shame”. Amid the hearing,Song says that he “acquired” his mother’s “information” ofWestern men to trap Gallimard by understanding that “men dependably acceptwhat they need to hear” and “the West trusts the East, where itcounts, needs to be commanded” (Hweng, 61-62). The second of these impliedthat Song realized that for Gallimard, in light of the fact that Tune was”an Oriental, I would never be totally a man” (Hweng, 62).
At last,it is maybe fitting that it isn’t an Oriental lady who has crushed Gallimard,however an Oriental man, whose sexuality and judiciousness are denied by theWest’s perspective of the East as female, silly, and compliant.