chinese history

read the LienĂ¼ zhuan

1. Mo Xi of Jie of the Xia

2. Da Ji of Zhou of Yin

3. Bao Si of You of Zhou

7. Li Ji of Duke Xian of Jin

and write about 200 words

1. What seems to be the basic purpose of these accounts, and how would you categorize them (e.g.

Biography? Hagiography? Exemplary fables?)?

2. Do the narratives seem to present the various incidents as fiction or actual historical events?

3. Why do you think some of the narratives focus on rather extreme expressions of female virtue? What, if

any, attitudes towards such potentially controversial actions do the narratives express?