by Zhao Ban
c. 49 - c. 120
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Advice to the Newly Married LadySamuel K. Jennings
In "Advice to the 'Newly Married Lady'" (1808), a doctor from the 19th century advises new wives to defer to their husbands.Pair “On Reverence for Parents” with “Advice to the Newly Married Lady” and ask students to compare the way in which each text takes up the question of how we should define the roles of men and women as a society. Does Jennings’ text set forth any of the same stereotypes or traditional views presented by Zhao Ban in her piece? Do you find the dictatorial declaration of what is or is not appropriate in terms of women’s behavior more problematic when it comes from a man? In what ways do you think traditional societies relied on the subjugation of women and the participation of women in their own oppression?
Always Go to the FuneralDeirdre Sullivan
In "Always Go to the Funeral," Diedre Sullivan describes how her father's advice to "always go to the funeral" became her own life philosophy.Pair “On Reverence for Parents” with “Always Go to the Funeral” and ask students to compare how the speaker and the author feel about their parents. How do they show respect to their parents? What would each woman say is the benefit of having reverence for their parents? What does the author of the article think the purpose of going to a funeral is? What would the speaker of the poem think the purpose is?