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Flowers in the Mirror

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Transcript of Flowers in the Mirror

Flowers in the Mirror
Introduction
Women's Kingdom
A place where women is the center of all
Ruled by a female king
Comparative Analysis
Reflection
Bo Wei Mei 40063590
Chuk Fung Yu 54046333
Corinne Wu 40063644
Pauline Gerardin 40064536



Background
Li Ruzhen
Born in Hebei Province (1763 - 1830)
Written during the Qing dynasty
Completed in 1827
Consists of 100 chapters
Synopsis
Set in the reign of the Empress Wu Zetian in the Tang dynasty
Tang Ao (main character) is the father of the incarnation of the Fairy of a Hundred Flowers
Wu Zetian suspects him of plotting rebellion against her; takes away his high scholarly rank
Tang Ao travel overseas with Merchant Lin (brother-in-law) and Old Tuo
The Country of Gentlemen
The Country of Women
The Country of Intestineless People
The Country of Sexless People
The Country of Two-faced People
Various Other Countries in the Novel
Their Journey
Rules & Regulations
Men dresses like women while women dresses like men
"Women" will also have their feet bind
Their Story
Tang Ao and Old Tuo went to explore the city while Merchant Lin went inside the kingdom
"King" falls in love with Merchant Lin and orders "her" to become "his" consort
Merchant Lin was dressed into women's clothing and got "her" feet binded.
Tang Ao saved Merchant Lin
Women's Kingdom
Their Story
Journey to the West
Chinese novel written during the Qing dynasty by Wu Cheng'en
Consists of 100 chapters
The novel is an extended account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk, Xuanzhang
Synopsis
Journey to the West is about Tang San Zang's (Xuan Zhang) journey to the west and the difficulties he and his disciples face in between
They battle hordes of demons who all want their master because his flesh will give immortality to anyone who eats it.
His Disciples
Monkey King (Wu Kong)
Pig demon (Zhu Ba Jie)
River demon (Sha Wu Jing)
Third son of the Dragon King of the West Sea (Yulong) mainly remains as a horse for Xuan Zhang to ride on
A city with only women
Ruled by a female king
Tang San Zang needs to get his travel documents authenticated by a seal from the king
Tang San Zang and one of his disciples drank from the motherhood river
King falls in love with Tang San Zang
Analysis
Similarities
Forced marriage
Forced to stay in the palace
Did not get their desires met
Differences
Only women
Marriage reasons
No physical or mental sufferings
How Women Were Perceived and Treated
Foot Binding
Why Center on Women's Issues?
The Qing Dynasty was the darkest period in Chinese Women’s History.
Empathize with women who lived at the lowest level of society.
Oppressiom of Chinese Scholars
Social Norms
Confucious Golden Rule
Puts men through a typical female experience.
Women's suffering
Forces male readers to understand the Victim’s point of view
Sexual Roles
Women manage state affairs outside the household
Sholars
Dominant
Powerful
Men under the political control of women
Domestic chores
Submissive
Inferior
Social Roles are subverted
During his journey, Tang Ao travels to
Sexual Objects?
Stripped away the control of own's body
No personality
Merchant Lin and the Female King
Beauty
"When I was in the tower, I had my ears pierced, received a severe beating, and was hung upside down, but the pain became bearable after a while. THe hardest was having my two feet bound so that bones were broken and tendons bent. All that was left were dry bones covered by a layer of skin. Whenever I walked about, the joints of my toes put me in agony. I beleive few among the ancients showed this level of endurance."
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