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* FairForItsDay: Nowadays, the play gets criticism for codifying the stereotype of Asian women as fragile and nothing without their Western men, but in its time it was meant to ''condemn'' the cruelty of the West towards the East via making Butterfly a victim of Pinkerton's thoughtlessness and {{jerk ass}}ery.
* HarsherInHindsight: Puccini wrote the opera in part to criticize America and the West's treatment of Japan, no doubt having things like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Expedition Admiral Perry's forcible opening of Japan to trade]] in mind. But the theme resounds much more strongly to modern ears when you consider the opera is set in ''[[AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki Nagasaki]]''.
* TearJerker: Definitely.
* WhatAnIdiot: People who are less receptive to Butterfly's woobieness (and even some who ''are'') believe that, while Pinkerton '''is''' a massive ass, Butterfly also commited severe mistakes. She ''was'' given either warnings, help offers and/or advice by people like Suzuki, Gorou (who even told her he could get her a new engagement) and even Sharpless '''but spurned it all to wait for Pinkerton's return''', still blindly believing that he would come back to her. And it did NOT end well.

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