Can We Ever Root for the Underdog?
In class today, Sierra brought up the notion of “The Underdog” and how this condition applies to various characters in M. Butterfly. We see the transition of one underdog, Gallimard, as he changes from being oppressed to being the oppressor - a typical outcome for many underdogs, as we have seen in the books we have read all year. While Gallimard has from boyhood always been the subservient one in relationships, with Song, he has for the first time the change to have total control. But his control is merely an illusions, and furthermore, one that is manufactured by the person he supposedly controls. The issue becomes now that he has been the underdog for so long that he can no longer have a rational judgement of the world around him.
Today, can we, then, invest faith in underdogs at all, or is it best to leave them to struggle?