The Daughter of Han is a well-known book written by Ida Pruitt, and this story is about getting a better understanding of working women in China in the times of the Qing dynasty. Basically, this literary work analyzes the drawbacks of being women in this country because of those Confucian ideals that they were expected to obey. They had to stay at home and listen to their fathers and husbands.
During the life of the main character, Ning, we see her believing in the destiny, which is all about taking care of her family. Readers see an ongoing struggle related to being women in China in the 19th century. Pay attention to Ning who has to start working to be able to provide her family while doing her best to maintain her traditional ideals of being a perfect Confucian woman.
Readers will be able to notice changes of Confucian ideals and traditions around the main character because she watches her daughters who defy them. She works hard to make the entire family established, but she becomes a more independent woman because Ning breaks some Confucian ideas too.
When she was a small girl, she learned her unique place in the Chinese society from parents, and this is how her views on the future role were established. She is raised in a lower-class house, just like many other Chinese women whose lives were determined quite early so that they always knew what their future was expected to be like.
Traditionally, Chinese women had to obey their parents, stay with them until getting married, and take care of her husbands and children. This is how all of them were educated in the 19th century and the only route that they had in their lives is to become a good wife. When the right time came, Ning’s parents arranged her future marriage so that she had to honor their decision and marry a man whom she didn’t know at all, and the main reason is that it was her only destiny and role in the society.
In addition, her marriage was unhappy and tough, but the main character couldn’t force herself to leave a husband because of her duties and responsibilities. This means that Ning kept true to Confucian ideals. She started to break them because she needed to provide her family. Her husband was addicted to opium and sold everything they had so that her family started to starve. This is when Ning decided to work to help her family and children. This book is an interesting portrayal of women’s lifestyles and experiences in China during important political and social changes.
The Daughter of Han is a well-known book written by Ida Pruitt, and this story is about getting a better understanding of working women in China in the times of the Qing dynasty. Basically, this literary work analyzes the drawbacks of being women in this country because of those Confucian ideals that they were expected to obey.