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Alford Lew 63814855 Joel Miyazaki Gender in The Death of Woman Wang The book Death of Woman Wang is a compilation of both real and imaginary accounts of the rural life of the small poor county in northeastern China called T’an-ch’eng. The factual parts of the book come from primary sources by Feng K’o-ts’an and Huang Liu- Hung and fictional parts from short stories by a scholar named P’u Sung-Ling. This compilation of primary sources ultimately helps to portray the many different aspects life of rural China. One of these differences is the major role of gender in society. Indeed, women in this society were considered lesser than men. Many things were expected of them, and to be a success in her woman role, one had to surpass these expectations, if not the laws and customs of the 17 th century society was enacted. In the very beginning of the book, Huang Liu-Hung describes women’s portrayal as objects and lesser than their spouse partners early on. He says that women were “behaving no differently from
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