Attending Madama Butterfly on the eve of Mother’s Day, makes the story even more poignant. The story cuts through the ugly, caddish American, the Japanese stereotypes and what is left is a mother’s ultimate sacrifice. She gives dies in honor so her son has a chance to escape the dishonor sure to brand him. In her world, the taking of her life is more than ending the pain of an unequal love, making amends for a shamed union, or being tossed aside like a used toy. It is her attempt to give him honor in one culture and freedom to become a part of another.
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