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Comparative Essay

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Comparative Essay

Classical Chinese and Ancient Egyptian cultures reveal the complexities of love through their works of literature, which involves the feminine chastity in a romantic plot. Throughout history, women set the role model for the appropriate engagement in premarital sexual behavior with men. In the Classical Chinese poem, “Zhongzi, Please,” we uncover a conservative female character who is afraid of society's criticisms if she is seen with a male figure.  On the other hand, in the Ancient Egyptian poem, "The Beginning of the Song that Diverts the Heart," we encounter a rebellious female character who embarks on a mission to persuade her lover to indulge in a sexual ...view middle of the document...

She faces a controversial situation because in reality her heart calls for her lover, especially due to her lover’s persistent and determined position, but she must follow certain obligations. She warns her lover three times, but the male figure is arrogant to recognize her desperation for him to go away, and even advances physically closer to her. First, he approaches her “village wall,” and then comes near her “fence,” and finally attempts to “cross into her garden.” Although she encounters a stubborn man who wouldn’t go away, the female character’s attitude to have him leave is firm. Her attitude derives mainly from the Confucius’ teachings about obedience, and this creates fear of what family members will say, but she “dreads” even more how society will react.
In Ancient Egyptian parental control over females is less strict than Classical parental control, but Egyptian females were not completely given the freedom of expression. For example in "The Beginning of the Song that Diverts the Heart," we encounter a unique and an open-minded female whose attitude is also very strong. She is able to expresses her love, but she is forced to communicate through metaphors due to her limited freedom of expression in her culture. Therefore, Ancient Egyptians utilized symbolic practices such as music and dance to perform their love songs to camouflage the romantic love relationship.
At the beginning of the couple’s encounter, the female says a nice remark, “my beloved, my darling” (4), to her male partner to obtain the attention of her love. Then, the female’s behavior and interest for bird trapping sets the...

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