Changing from Experience
Throughout life everyone grows up differently. People have deferent experiences and meet different people, which may alter they way in which they grow up. Also the culture in which they are brought up in can determine what type of person they may become. In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress the Little Seamstress is hidden and sheltered form most of the outside world. This book can be read as a coming of age story because throughout the book there are many situations where the Little Seamstress learns about new things in life, making her lose her sense of innocence, and change from a little girl into a young woman. In the beginning of the book the Little Seamstress is innocent. She is looked at as a child. She is kept at home most of the time and is sheltered from most of the outside world. She knows only about what she has grown up with in her peasant culture. The narrator describes the Little Seamstress saying, “The princess of Phoenix mountain wore pale pink canvas shoes…seeming delicate and sophisticated…a long pigtail three of four centimetres wide fell from the nape of her neck down to the small of her back, where the end was ties with a brand new red silk ribbon” (21). In this quotation it portrays the Little Seamstress as young and innocent. She wears her hair in a little pig tail tied with a red ribbon most likely like a little girl would. This is what the Little Seamstress was like before she met Luo and the narrator, delicate and sophisticated like her shoes. Which could represent her and how the has not been introduced into the world. She is like a porcelain doll at this point. She has no scuffs or has not been broken. Whereas most people could be compared to as a raggedy Ann doll, they have been exposed to the world and may have some rips and tares. But, the Little Seamstress does not stay a little glass doll for long. Once the Little Seamstress has met Lou and the narrator she changes. In the book Lou says, “With...
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