Five Key Phrases That Indicate The Status Of Women In China 1932 Analysis

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1) Meaning
• 5 key phrases that indicate the status of women in China 1932. Starts with “They were not peasant woman but big city people, very modern… They were supposed to be the lucky ones.” - This suggests that even though they were middle class they had no security and so as women they suffered, in the same way, the lower class did. Next, Cousin Nunu Aiyi “later she divorced her husband, a daring thing for a woman to do… no means to support herself or her young daughter…became his number two concubine… she was lucky the lawyer still wanted her.” – even though she had the right to divorce there was no support within the country for women. She was lucky to be wanted even with a child by another man, but she became a concubine, which
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Perhaps showing no job security or at least a higher paying one. Then, “…my uncle often complained that his family had chosen an ugly woman for his wife. To show his displeasure, he often insulted Jyou Ma’s cooking… Great-uncle’s family eventually chose a pretty woman for his second wife. But the complaints about Jyou Ma’s cooking did not stop ” - this shows that woman were nothing more than wives to him. They were not treated as people and so constantly insulted until the man could get a “better one” but still the insults continued. Also, “… is a servant, remembered only as someone who cleaned but not cook.” This suggests that servant women are seen only as the help and remembered only for what they did or didn’t do for you, she wasn’t even given a name. Lastly “…a rich man… forced my grandmother into becoming one of his concubines” this shows woman were taken as men please and as a widow with no position in life the grandmother needed the protection of a man. Despite the shame of being a concubine, she had to in order to have a position in life for herself and daughter they needed the support only a man could provide at …show more content…
Tan – she was the daughter living with the grandmother ^ with no position, no face, belonging to no one, living in shame.
• Servant – remembered only as someone who didn’t clean, only cooked.
4) c, exclamation
• The exclamation showed really vividly the strong feelings her mother had about this time. “We had no face! We belonged to nobody!” She felt so ashamed about this that it was a secret for no one to know. Without the exclamations to me it would have read as a more calm anger for something that happened in the past, but with the marks you really feel the hysteria behind these words.
5) Literary theory analysis, Feminist lens Question – what does the work reveal about the operations of patriarchy?
• Economically, it reveals that without a man these women would have no way to support a modern lifestyle of dancehalls and stylish clothes. This is shown when both Nunu Aiyi and Jingmei had to become concubines when they found themselves without a man.
• Politically, there is an underrepresentation of woman in China now and I would say it was the same in 1920’s China. However, it is shown women had the right to divorce as Nunu Aiyi

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