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Throughout Chinas encased history it has developed much differently than western parts of the world Chinese culture varies greatly compared to ours These great differences between eastern culture and western culture make China a very interesting place Some of the vast differences include literature social structure and government The greatest difference is Chinese philosophy and way of thinking China has developed a strict system of tradition that has given China great advantages and disadvantages This is shown in Chinese literature Tradition in China is a set of unwritten laws This is why China turned its eyes from the outside world and looked in China found everything it needed in Tradition 4 The strong traditions and customs play probably the greatest factor in the life of a Chinese person This strict philosophy influences marriage children family and duty in life Marriage is much different and has different levels of companionship One man may have many wives and or concubines The status of these wives and concubines are very important The lower you are on the husbands list the lower you were treated 1 When in a marriage if you were having children a son would be most desirable for you to have You would be thought better of if you produced a son This shows the male dominance in Chinese culture Once a son was born the expectations for him were great He was supposed to learn all great literature and be very scholarly 2 A girl also was supposed to be raise to appreciate art and literature Most of all though children were supposed to respect tradition The traditions gave one a feeling of not the individual but the whole as a group People grew up knowing their part in the world and strive to do that well They learn to acknowledge their emperor as the Son of Heaven 4 Everything someone does is done for their county and their duty in life Chinese literature
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