Gallimard describes Song as the “perfect woman.” What are the characteristics that render her “perfect” according to him? What has shaped his view of the ideal woman? How does Song use these ideals to seduce Gallimard? And why is Gallimard conflicted when confronted with the possibility of realizing his fantasy with Song?
Focusing mainly on Act II, scenes 3-9, how does Gallimard’s interpretation of political relations between the East and West parallel his interpretation of personal relationships? What is his view of “Orientals” and how does this view shape his advice on international policies? What are the personal, professional and political consequences of his belief in this view?
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