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They couldn't see each other until after the wedding Everyone needed to get married at the time Marriage was a transaction between kin groups Married Life In Confucianism, there is a clear distinction between male and female spheres, and the public domain dominated the domesticThe bride lived in the inner quarters of the house and her freedom of movement was limited Until the wife bore a son, her position in the family was insecure If they married the oldest son, they had more responsibilities Young couples did not talk with each other because they were with elders most of the time
Women were never independent, they were dependant over the man of the family Secondary Wives The distinction between primary and secondary wives had consequences for the children of the secondary wife who did not receive full social recognition The secondary wife was inferior to the first wife Secondary wives were not very honoured, considered as low class women The husband could be blamed if a conflict occurs because they were suppose to be in charged Wives could not have and independence, they needed to put up with the situation, an alternative was suicide. Ages between men and first wife would be closer in age, however wouldprefer an older women would take more responsibility Widowhood Confucian ideology stressed that the greatest of womanly virtues was her devotion to her husband and his lineage The children of remarried widows were punished by being excluded from government services Legal Restrictions Confucian ethics were based on the principle that a loyal subject could serve only one king and a chaste wife could serve only one husband Discrimination between sons of wives and concubines helped to maintain power in the hand of a limited yang ban elite A man could divorce his wife if she was guilty of any one of the "7 Deadly Sins" Kwago exam, they would compete in government positions 7 reasons for divorce (7 deadly sins ) Being disrespectful to in laws Failing to bear a son Committing adultery Carrying a heredity disease Spending too much money Displaying jealousy Talking too much Shin Sa Im Dang Hwang Chin-I- 16th century poet She became one of the most famous writers in Choson She was a Kisaeng or female entertainer. There are many legends about her life Ho Nansorhon - 16th Century Poet The daughter of a yangban, she was brought up in a sheltered atmosphere Her works deal with loneliness and the frustrations of life in the woman's quarters
Week 9: Early Choson and Creation of the Yangban Society Choson (Yi) Dynasty The modern day map was formed by the king Sejong Late koryo, military general, Yi Sung Gye, he eliminated his rivals and declared his new kingdom in 1982 The Yi Dynasty comes from the name Yi Sung Gye Yi Sung-gye Merit Subjects (Eckert p 132-133) Sodang = local school Mational Confucian Academy hope (ID) Chongro King Sejong The Great Academy of Confucian Scholars Hunmin Chongum = Correct Sounds to be taught to the people