During the Ming Dynasty, lineage played a large role in marriage. People aimed at marrying others of `equal family background, and “intermarriage between seventeen of the most influential clans.” (Yao 215) People did not get married for love, but rather for the sense of obligation to their family. Great emphasis was placed upon marrying others of equal social, economic and political status. A primary purpose of marriage was to form alli...
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...desire to be like the other young women of the Imperial time period. This is exemplified by her wish to be married. She made a point not to gossip about others. This indicates that her whole situation may have been a result of a simple misinterpretation of the rules.
This essay explored the role of woman in the traditional Chinese marriage and family by examining how women were illustrated in literature written during the imperial dynasty. ``The Shrew: Sharp Tongued Ts`uilien``, anonymous, in the collection Vernacular Short Stories from the Clear and Peaceful Studio (Qingping shantung huaben), written during the Ming Dynasty was explored. The issues of lineage, male dominance in marriage, families position in society, grounds for divorce were examined and compared to the case of Ts`uilien in the vernacular short story: ``The Shrew: Sharp Tongued Ts`uilien.``
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