These two quotes are saying that the Great Wall cost too many innocent lives by using people as human shields. But the real question is how innocent were these people? And how many of these people chose to fight knowing they would die? With the help of courageous soldiers, the Great Wall helped all of China by keeping the fighting near the wall, and away from the cities. Just imagine how much worse it could have been if the Great Wall weren 't there and the fighting took place in the cities of
The most prominent example of shame and guilt occurs between the mothers and daughters. There daughters were always ashamed of and resented their mothers, especially while they were young. The daughters felt this way because of the way their mothers raised them. The mothers were very hard on their daughters, and pushed them towards successful, sometimes causing their daughter to feel overwhelmed. The mothers wanted their daughters to keep their Chinese heritage and culture, but also take advantage of the opportunities they have in America.
This means that each family can only have one child. Since most people think that boys are more useful than girls in that period so they rather kill baby girl instead of killing a baby boy. This has shown that people still think that boys are more important than girls. Also, although women had a chance to start learning in school, they were not allowed to study in upper schools like college and universities. In 1976 - 1997, PRC after Mao, the role of women had improved even more.
There are still “feudal-era attitudes toward the sex of unborns and the women who carry them,” (Ostrovsky). A study from Ohio State University discovered “that women who chose not to learn their child’s sex may be more open to new experiences and combine egalitarian views about the roles of men and women in society with consciousness,” (“Pink”). This article goes in depth on . Including that expecting mothers who scored high on a test of parenting perfectionism, were more likely to have known the sex of their unborn baby (“Pink”). Ostrovsky admits in her article that most women are “terrified at the thought of having a daughter”.
When Chi Li first presents the idea of volunteering and sacrificing herself, her parents protest and justify that they love all six of their daughters, despite being deprived of “the joy and honor of having a son.” (Rosenberg, 332) This phrase indicates that having a daughter is not nearly as respectable as a son in ancient Chinese society. It is also mentioned that newborn daughters are killed by wealthier families as they would eventually grow up to become a burden on their family. The lowliest types of females in society were the ones sacrificed to the serpent. Every year, the officials searched for maidens whose loss would not be detrimental to society, so they choose the daughters of criminals or female slaves. (Rosenberg, 331) The sacrifice goes on for nine years before it is able to be stopped.
In the second except, Injustices to Chinese Women by Qiu Jin, Jin introduced us to the hardships and unfair treatments that the women have to face under the Chinese society. In the beginning of her except, Jin basically stated that it is unlucky to be born as a girl in China. Throughout her descriptions, China was a male orientated society. Her statement about how men would kill their own children, just because they were born with a female gender, shows that women in China faced their injustices since the moment they got out of their wombs. Not only that, the beauty standard in China is really cruel and painful, as women have to bind their feet, as no men want to marry women with big feet.
For many of the Chinese people living in the United States, this type of sensual entertainment was disgraceful in every way possible. Many Chinese people at that time (especially the elderly) were very closed-minded about the morality of show business; to them, anyone in modern, American showbiz was immoral. Many times Chinese people would write letters to the performers telling them that they should be ashamed of themselves, and that they should get a decent job, where they didn’t have to show off their legs. Girls in Chinese households were taught how to be married, and how take care of the house, the children, and the husband; this was their proper place for a very long time. To the Chinese, it was disgraceful for girls to even take dancing lessons.The Forbidden City took a stand against this Chinese proper place because it influenced many young Chinese people to question or break away from their beliefs because of the distractions and immoral desires the American nightclubs and its performers encouraged.
The story of Jung Chang’s parents shows that the lack of efficient institutions, the stratification of society, and plight of the common man made China vulnerable to nationalism. Through “Wild Swans” one sees that as the Chinese people became more empowered, nationalism became more favorable. Essentially, “Wild Swans” shows how and why Mao was able to influence the Chinese through nationalism. The story of Jung Chang’s parents is the medium through which Chang describes nationalism. From the beginning of “Wild Swans”, one sees the Chinese as a down trodden group of people.
While both the poem “Barbie Doll” and prose “Girl” show this sexual discrimination, they clearly distinguish themselves in the way American women are raised in comparison to Antiguan women. American women are more commonly victimized based on aesthetics, whereas Antiguans are criticized on capabilities to run a household. It is most disturbing to see how such a large percentage of the global population can be completely marginalized. Considering so many years have passed, and that people have progressed to become more accepting of women for who they are, one would expect everyone to be treated fairly. There is no just reason to explain why women are considered to be second class to men.
Women have been treated as an evil creature in the countries of Islam; men cannot control their sexual desires at any sight of the seductresses. That is why they were required to cover every piece of skin if they were to venture out of their prison (home). They would also suffer from physical violence if they were in the streets and this happened. The women of old China were oppressed as well, however not as severely as the Islamic women were oppressed. If they were to have a child out of wedlock, they were demoted to the “outcast table”; if they had homes, they were ransacked.