Tragic end for Madam Butterfly
Read the PASSAGE and fill in the blanks with the given words.
It is the 19th  ______________ and Japan has recently opened its  _____________ to the Americans. An American naval  ____________________ , Lieutenant Pinkerton, is going to be in Nagasaki for some  _____________ , so he ________________ to buy a house and a 'wife'. For him the arrangement is  ______________________ and he knows he will go back home later and marry an American  ________________. The poor girl, however, who  _________________ to marry him in  _________________ to help her mother, takes the marriage very  _______________. She wants to do her  ______________ to please her husband, and even becomes a Christian. This is too  _______________ for her uncle who comes to the house just as the marriage is taking  _______________. He shouts  ______________ at her, and her family, feeling  ___________ of her, and leaves.
agrees; ashamed; doors; order; temporary; angrily; best; much; place; time; arranges; century; officer; seriously; woman
So begins the story of Madam Butterfly, which with all its strong  ______________, was very suitable to be turned  _______________ an opera by Puccini (poo-chee-nee).
The first part of the opera ends with Pinkerton and Butterfly singing love songs to one  __________________ in the garden, but the  _______________ part opens three years  ______________ with Butterfly's maid telling her their money is all  ______________ and that Pinkerton will never come back. Butterfly, however, remains loyal. She  _________________ him and insists he will return. A  ___________ Japanese man arrives asking for her  ____________ in marriage, but she turns him  ____________. As if to prove she is right, a letter from Pinkerton  ____________________ at that moment. Actually, it is a good-bye letter, but Butterfly does not know this and the  _________________ who is  ______________ it to her dares not translate it properly, but he does tell her she should marry the Japanese man. In reply, Butterfly hurries inside and  _________________ out a baby, Pinkerton's son whom he does not even know  _________. Shocked, the Consul rushes off.
about; carries; down; hand; reading; another; Consul; emotions; into; rich; arrives; defends; gone; after; second
Then a gun announces the  ____________ of an American warship, Pinkerton's ship. A trusting Butterfly starts to  ___________ the house with flowers for the return of her  __________________. She even puts on her wedding  _________________, and sits waiting in the moonlight.
It is a long wait and when Pinkerton arrives, Butterfly is  _________________ with the child. Pinkerton brings his wife and the Consul  ______________ him. He now knows about the boy and his wife is  ___________________ to take him to America with  ________________. Pinkerton is afraid to see Butterfly and leaves. Butterfly  _______________ believe it when Mrs Pinkerton introduces herself and asks for the  _____________________. Her dreams  ______________been smashed.
Then comes the  ______________________ final scene. Butterfly prepares the baby for his father,  _______________ herself and dies as Pinkerton arrives. You can imagine how sad the  _______________ is as the tragic opera ends and the audience wipe away their  _________________.
arrival; child; have; music; them; beloved;
decorate; heart-breaking; stabs; willing; cannot; dress; indoors; tears; with
Talk about why people like sad love stories.
Do you think women take relationships more seriously than men?
Role-play part of the story.
Listen to some of the opera music and see if it fits the mood.
What sort of ending would you like for
1. century; 2. doors; 3. officer; 4. time; 5. arranges; 6. temporary; 7. woman; 8. agrees; 9. order; 10. seriously; 11. best; 12. much; 13. place; 14. angrily; 15. ashamed; 16. emotions; 17. into; 18. another; 19. second; 20. later; 21. gone; 22. defends; 23. rich; 24. hand; 25. down; 26. arrives; 27. Consul; 28. reading; 29. carries; 30. about; 31. arrival; 32. decorate; 33. beloved; 34. dress; 35. indoors; 36. with; 37. willing; 38. them; 39. cannot; 40. child; 41. have; 42. heart-breaking; 43. stabs; 44. music; 45. tears