Essay about Confucianism and Raise the Red

1262 Words Sep 26th, 1999 6 Pages
What has happened to Confucianism. For a long time, Confucian was accepted as the idea that a healthy society depended on a solid traditional family. Confucius himself, for example, called for people to put principle above selfish desires. People supported hierarchy. The rulers moral example would inspire the people to live good lives. But one begins to detect a new theme emerging in society especially amongst the Chinese reformers: the theme of individualism oppose to familialism. Today, would the Confucian family be more and more aware of abuse to women and children? The rituals and traditions can be seen as both positive and negative. The ways in which women suffered affirm that some rituals were abusive. There are multiple signs indeed …show more content…
This special treatment was given to them so they would remain dependent women. If any Confucian rules were broken, strict punishment would be imposed. Document two mentions, "family members who deliberately violate family regulations should be taken to the family temple, have their offenses reported to the ancestors, and be severely punished."(Doc. 2 p 71) In Raising the Red Lantern I definitely saw family members being punished. The third wife who was caught having an affair with the doctor is put to death. Songlian witnesses the death and accuses the household servants of being murderers after she follows them and finds the body of the murdered wife. To her accusations, the Master says, "You saw nothing". The Master is following Confucian rule by having the third wife put to death. Having an affair was going against Confucian rule if you were a women. But on the other hand if you were a male you could have discreet affairs with household maids or professional entertainers. The purpose of such strict rules against women were so they would stay faithful to their husbands. It also shows how women were second to men. In the film Raise the Red Lantern when Songlian first arrives she is given a tour of the Master's mansion. One room she told is very important is the dining room. It is here where all her meals will be eaten with the other wives. This is yet another ritual that must be obeyed. This ritual

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