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When Love Surpasses Confucian Rules In Shen Fus Six Records from a Floating Life he writes an autobiography of his life everything from the love affair with his wife to the trials and tribulations that he experienced throughout his time He writes in a very candid style not particularly seen in that period of Chinese Literature Throughout the first half of the book he describes the relationship that he has with his wife and eventually her death which changes him forever However regardless of how much love he had for his wife her actions according to the timeframe could be looked at in both a positive and negative fashion The topic of my essay will focus on Yuns actions and how she appears to obey some Confucian rules and at the same time defies others During the first three chapters of the story Shen Fu cites situations in which conflict arises due to some of her actions whether they are intentional or misconstrued as disrespect In this essay I will provide examples of rules that Yun seems to value and others that she seems to defy In the first part of the essay I will show some of the rules that she appears to value following instances when she does not value Confucian rules The most important Confucian rule that Yun appears to value is serving a husband From the beginning of their relationship Yun attempts to make her husband happy This is seen in her first encounter with him when she hides away the bowl of Congee and saves it for him later on in the evening Shen 711 Although this seems to be an insignificant issue it preludes to the devotion and love that she will show him in the coming years after their marriage Yun continues to serve her husband although not necessarily in a traditional Confucian sense but rather a more modernistic view of a relationship This
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