The Plum In The Golden Vase Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… It is clear that from their first encounter, Wu Song was too self-disciplined even though “the woman was too enchanting” so he kept his head down. But after some time, Chin-lien acts upon her sexual desire and made several passes at Wu Song by enticing him with wine. Drinking wine is a common theme amongst the novels read but always in the company of men, never with women because the competitive nature of men influenced them to consume excessive amounts of alcohol. By using wine as a seduction technique, Chin-lien takes on the role of the head of the household whose duty is to accommodate the guest of the …show more content…
Chin-lien demanded that Wu the Elder go next door to Dame Wang’s tea shop to see if she could help them prepare for dinner. As soon as everything was settled, Wu the Elder bid his wife to play the role of host while he sat to one side. When there is a guest, the guest should be accompanied at all times by someone of equal status. One aspect the author wishes to address comes from kinship, the connection within the family. Kinship plays a vital function in the formation of social organization within the household. By providing the individual with basic social roles such as “wife” or “husband,” kinship endows people with legitimate places in their society. The author implies the importance kinship plays within a marriage by exemplifying how the household serves as social organization. Traditionally, wives were to succumb to the demands of their husbands and to attend to male …show more content…
It was easy for Chin-lien to murder her husband while he was sick. As a married woman, Chin-lien was supposed to look after her sick and injured husband. Wu the Elder did not find it out of the ordinary when Chin-lien went to the market to buy medicine that would make him well again. Unknowingly, Wu the Elder took the bowl of medicine even though it had been drugged. Chin-lien took advantage of the situation because Chinese marriages were not so much an institution of love but rather based on property. Wu the Elder did not believe his “property” would drug him. Chin-lien took advantage of her traditional inferior status to finally end her wretched marriage with Wu the Elder. After Chin-lien and Hsi-men get married and she enters into his household as the Fifth Lady, Wu Song returns from his trip. On hearing that his brother suffered an unfair death, Wu Song goes out to seek revenge. Out of fear, Hsi-men runs to the restroom when Wu Song enters the tavern only to escape out the window. The reader notices a shift away from the traditional male role. According to the earlier novels, men never fled from confrontation. A true and honorable man would fight for what he believed was just. A man was never to run away from battle as this would signify weakness, a female

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