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The Death of Woman Wang

The book, The Death of Woman Wang is set in a corner of northeast
China during the seventeenth century, in a country called T\'an-ch\'eng. This book focuses
on average people of China community. The farmers, their wives, and other non
educated people. The book was first published in America in 1978 by Jonathan D.
Spence, who also wrote Emperor of China. This book was compiled from three sources.
The first is the Local History of T\'a-nch\'eng, compiled in 1973, it told of the country\'s
history, location and topography. The second is personal memoir\'s of a scholar named
Huang Lia-hung. It told of his life as an official in the mid 1600\'s. The third was the
work of a short story writer named P\'u Sung-ling, who told of the hostility and misery of
the country. Reading this book was new to me because I had never heard exactly how the
woman was treated in Chinese civilization. It seamed fairly ruff but in its own way it was
almost the same in the rest of the world at that time "give or take a few small details". It
was a good book but some times took a few cycles of reading through to get the part you
were looking for.
The role of men and women of the sixteenth century are defined in this
book, a few of these examples are. On page nineteen were a man refers to the way that
married and unmarried girls should not stroll by the river or ride up the hill in a carriage,
but how they should stay home and raise the children. It also refers to how men often
rented out their wives for money. On page sixty three it tells of how a man let his wife
take over the family business for six months, and when the tax collector came to gather
the tax he told here that a smart woman was no match for a stupid man. On page eighty
two it tells a story of how a man was gambling and when he ran out of money he put his
wife up for the bet and lost. When a year had passed and he had still not paid his debt so
the people took his wife.
On page ninety nine and one hundred it tells almost like a manual of what
women are bonded to do, to be loyal and women like. It starts out by saying that a few of
the characteristics that women should have, like chastity, courage, tenacity, and death if
necessary when the husband dies to prevent rape. Out of fifteen women thirteen of them
had committed suicide to save face.
About only right that I found in this book that women have is on page
seventy two and seventy three, If the husband dies and he has a business she may inherit
it only if she has a son but when the son is old enough to run it she must hand it over to
This book also tells of how families acted and how children were raised
also of how they were treated. It also refers to how only boys go to school to get an
education. On page seventy eight and seventy nine it tells of how married life was for P\'u
Sung-ling and how his children acted. In one instance it tells of how he was engaged
when he was only ten year\'s old , they were married when they were twelve and had a
son. The son was very wild in school and in public the only one that he would listen to
was his mother. But as soon as she left he would act up again. In one instance the next
door neighbor was yelling so loud that it disturbed the whole neighborhood. So he
crawled over the fence and cut off here nose, ears, and toung and left the woman to die.
The people of the farming working class had hardships in ways that was
painful. First of all the famine was bad when the crop wouldn\'t make enough to pay the
taxes there wasn\'t food and sometimes had to move in order to escape the taxes that they
could not pay. On page thirty six it tells of how the tax\'s were set up, the heaviest was
when they harvested and it declined to winter when they didn\'t