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Lessons for Women Paper

My first impressions when reading Ban Zhao’s “Lessons for Women” was one of interested curiosity. I was raised in a conservative household that followed the religious teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism), and as such, was raised with strict gender roles within the household as well as strict family values and expectations. Because of this, I suspect that my recoil from Zhao’s words was less dramatic than some other students may have experienced. The reading seemed self-disparaging at times, but otherwise, it followed a societal structure that I was partially familiar with. The main thoughts that I had, and which evolved as I read the three pieces, were of the similarity in subservience between the Ban Zhao lessons and the Mormon church, the fact that men were also required to withstand rigid structures of gender between ancient China and the church, and lastly that women were historically able to step out of those constraints in times of need in bot…

Han Dynasty Paper

Imagine an empire that is based upon the adoration of history. One that has pieced together its culture, arts, use of logic, and government from a respected and idolized previous society, and stands on the brink of collapse. Would one assume that the empire described could be the Han Dynasty? It would make sense to infer so. However, this paper will be examining the eminent downfall of a modern empire: the United States. Just like the Han Dynasty, the United States was built upon the logic and ideologies of a deeply respected society. In the United States’ case, that society was ancient Rome. Just like the Han Dynasty, the respect and adoration of history will provide no counsel to better withstand their collapse. While the United States and Han Dynasty both enjoyed great gains due to their historical lens, both restricted the thinking of the scholars of their respective ages from looking outside of that ideology for potential solutions to trying times, and though the Han Dynasty and…