Ban Zhao In Lessons For Women By Bah Zhou

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Ban Zhao was a woman who in a way broke her own rules. Her book, Lessons for Women, emphasizes humbleness, piety, and devotion to one’s man.Even though Bah Zhou describes herself as an unworthy writer (first sentence of the introduction), the fact that she was educated enough to write such a prominent work almost makes her hypocritical. According to her advice, education is a luxury for women, and their primary goal is to be a respectful and quiet wife. Her advice matches a popular philosophy of that time, Confucianism.Confucianism's application is primarily based upon respect between men; however one of the five principal relationships is that of man and his wife. Bah Zhao elaborated on this symbiosis, stating that women should show utter
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