Stories from a Ming Collection Essay

1114 Words Dec 19th, 2005 5 Pages
Stories from a Ming Collection is a work which reveals clearly people's life in various levels in traditional China. How does the book portray different levels of people's life (including scholars, peasants, military men, working men and women, beggars etc.), and from their life how do you perceive Chinese society?

Our society nowadays has many traits from the Chinese society. We share many things in common from the law to the way we act as human beings. I can say that we are not far from each other in ways like the feelings we have towards others and loved ones. Greed, stupidity, dominance and cruelty are bad characteristics that age-old Chinese people expressed towards each other in some cases. They had no regard for human
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Peasants and merchants on the other hand were almost at the bottom. They were people who did a lot of business with each other but, as people weren't much. As unprofessionals they usually lived in small places and middle class areas with a similar kind of people are. Like today you would see the same thing where blue-collar workers live in the same neighborhoods and associate with their same kind of people. Clearly it is obvious that everybody is not on the same level as the other in this book. Even in today's society there are class differences. There has never been a total sense of equality and respect for others, even family members. In the story the canary murders, Cooper kills Shen Hsiu in a brutal way by chopping of his head so he cannot be identified and that he would not get caught stealing the canary bird. That shows a sign of disrespect and cruelty towards human beings. Also another example of this is when the two sons big Poa and little Poa kill their father Old Dog Huang. They were an extremely poor family who didn't even have enough clothes to wear. The father Old Dog said to his tow sons that she should kill him so that they can claim the reward money and have a better life than the one they are experiencing now. The sons kill their father and claim the reward money saying that it was the head of Shen Hsiu. First to lie like that saying that they found the head of their son and making

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