I was thinking some more about our discussion in class about what the butterfly represented and I wanted to draw attention to a part that I don’t think we discussed (correct me if I am wrong). The girl goes to a bunch of people to ask about the butterfly but her interaction with her father confused me the most.
After telling him what she heard from the butterfly and how she knows its alive, his response was as follows, “Ba sat up, shook his head heavy back and forth and tapped on the side of one ear, and then the other” (26). When she asks what he is doing he simply states “‘I must get these butterfly words out of my head before they grow bigger'” (26).
I am not even sure what to say I think is happening aside from the fact that he is shaking off his daughters concerns (even if they are trivial), but I don’t think I am supposed to be reading this as dismissive as I am because we know that her father does care deeply about her. I don’t know, does anyone have any thoughts?