Compare the family life of Shen Fu, as seen in Six Records of a Floating Life, to that of Liang Heng in Son of the Revolution.
In a well-organized essay, answer every part of the following question (in any order, 4-5 pp.)
Compare the family life of Shen Fu, as seen in Six Records of a Floating Life, to that of Liang Heng in Son of the Revolution. Describe major changes that have come about in family life and family ties in China from traditional times to the modern day. Include in your essay answers to the following questions.
To what extent can one see the continuing influence of traditional ideas and practices in Son of the Revolution with regard to family life, including ideas in Confucianism, Legalism, Taoism, or Buddhism, and to what extent has the PRC altered or destroyed them?
What has happened to filial piety in Liang Heng’s narrative? What has replaced it?
Why did Liang Heng not visit his mother for so many years? And why didn’t Liang Shan’s second wife, Zhu Zhi-dao, stay with his family very often?
How is the cult of Mao similar or different from the ideas of Q-Anon in the US today? What contributes to each?
How have women’s lives changed as seen in the two books?
How have male-female relations changed, including marriage relations and courtship?
How were the causes of tension between family members in Shen Fu and Son of the Revolution similar or different?
How do Shen Fu’s and Liang Heng’s family each constrain their lives and dictate their choices, and how do they support and help them in life?
The Chan attachment has the philosophies of Confucianism, Legalism and Taoism