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Clues to Marriage in Ancient China. A Qing Dynasty wedding. The two parents are seated.

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1 Clues to Marriage in Ancient China

2 A Qing Dynasty wedding. The two parents are seated. The bride is wearing the blue hat, presenting tea to the mother. The groom usually wears a cross forming an "X" in front of him. Sometimes the "X" includes a giant bow or flower, though not in this picture,

3 Ban Zhaos Lessons for a Woman Why would she give this kind of advice to her daughters? What evidence do you find in her essay to support your answers?

4 From reading Ban Zhaos advice for women, what do you think she sees as the purpose of marriage?

5 What is the one issue on which Ban Zhao disagrees with her cultures traditional expectations for women?

6 Comparing the two writings How are the two writings similar? How are they different?

7 Which of the two do you think are more content in life – Ban Zhao or the character in Fu Hsüans poem? Give evidence from the writings to support your answer(s).

8 Why, in your opinion, do these two sources present somewhat different views on the male-dominated society and marriage structures of the Han period?

9 Would it change your opinion of the poem Woman if you knew that Fu Hsüan (the author) was male? The author was, in fact, a man. Does that affect your response to the poem in any way? Woman by Fu Hsüan


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