David Henry Hwang's play, M. Butterfly, is explicated.

How does David Henry Hwang's play, M. Butterfly, expose cultural and gender stereotypes?

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...dest, and timid, a role that the character of Song plays to the hilt to fool Gallimard, the French diplomat. Gallimard, in turn, tries to be overly protective and aggressive, to fulfill the masculine role he feels appropriate for a Western man. They both rely on the specific common stereotypes existing in their culture to interact with each other -- the East along with people from the East are viewed as more submissive and feminine while the West and its people are seen as domineering and masculine. The misunderstandings created within this play are mainly caused by these assumptions that the characters held about each other due to their ethnic differences.

The interactions within M. Butterfly support the argument that one's gender ...