Tragic Fate of Chinese Women under the Influence of Confucianism in “Yellow Earth” and “Ju Dou”


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The tragic fate of Chinese women under the influence of Confucian thought in Yellow Earth (1984) and Ju Dou (1990)
The ensuing paper analyzes the tragic fate of Chinese women under the influence of Confucian thought and/or feudal ethical code in the two films mentioned in the title of this work. We may argue that Confucianism does not tolerate the idea of a woman aspiring to be anything more than what her husband wants her to be; she must be subordinate and an insecure and defensive man will immediately rise up in anger and dread should his incontestable authority in the home be challenged. This appears to be the case in the film,
Dou, and the fact that Confucianism does not exactly curb the anger of indulged and self-absorbed male...
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.....r having male offspring, of course). In both films, we have women who are constrained by circumstances beyond their control: they cannot love who they wish; they suffer for the foolishness or shortcomings of others; and they are deprived of the chance to think for themselves. It appears as though each of the female leads is not even given the dignity of being able to mount a protest against her conditions. The films are thus a reminder that social order in Confucianism is only maintained when women are kept subordinate.
, Hu. (Producer),
, Zhang (Director).
Dou (motion picture).
United States: Miramax Films.
, Chen.
(1984). Yellow Earth (motion picture).
China: Film
not known.