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This essay I will be looking at, "A visit from the foot binder" written by Emily Prager and I will analyse closely the episode in the story where Lord Guo Guo comes back to

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A Visit from the Foot Binder Choose a particular episode in the story. Analyse it closely, commenting on how it relates to the story as a whole and on what you find interesting in the way it is written. In this essay I will be looking at, "A visit from the foot binder" written by Emily Prager and I will analyse closely the episode in the story where Lord Guo Guo comes back to view and witness the expense Lady Guo Guo has gone to, to create her burial tomb. I aim to look at the way in which this episode has been written and relate it to the main themes and functions of this story. Through reading this episode I believe that it signifies the portrayal of authority both sexes have over each other, and the different ways that each can influence one an other with it. It also bares some reference to the dependence of both sexes and how both rely on each other to achieve what they desire but the independence and stubbornness shown by Lady Guo Guo to attain what she requires. From the beginning of this section we can observe the respect Lady Guo Guo holds for the Lord. We comprehend that this relationship is not one for love but of convenience as this is evident from the way they treat each other within the scene and especially noted from the way Lady Guo Guo approaches her husband on his arrival- "Lady Guo Guo bowed as did the entire crowd..." ...read more.

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This gives as an idea of the ease of influence males have over ancient traditions and women's options in life. Making it necessary for women to have this done, as it dictates their worth and thus the control and power they will gain. Once Lady Guo Guo has witnessed the Lord's carving, she becomes distressed and angry, enforcing an argument upon the pair. Lady Guo Guo points out that she must do everything financially under the Lords name to retrieve the merchandise she needs to complete her belvedere. This shows the lack of responsibility women are given in society. Following this Lord Guo Guo ends the argument with the line, ""No more credit,"" simply reducing Lady Guo Guo's newly gained control, leaving her reduced to tears, as she cannot do anything about because tradition instructs men to take care of the money. Lady Guo Guo persists however to achieve what she wants, ""Well, let me tell you, you may cripple me in this endeavour, but you will never stop me."" And the line, "" No man would marry a natural-footed woman. There is more to binding feet than just the binding."" These are very clever lines as they instruct and inform the audience that it is the men who control, effect and restrict a woman's opportunities in life. We get an idea of just how big a part men play in controlling their quality of life. ...read more.

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It also expresses the thematic contrast within this play, being men's power over women and women's power over men. Although both show power over one an other from this scene we can depict that both have a different type of control over one an other. Males power in this story comes from the ability to withhold honour through tradition, in this case foot binding, this act which was compulsory for women to undergo if they were to achieve a reputable position in society e.g. whether they would marry well, achieve a high status etc. Although culture tells us that males are the more dominant species within society, we can see that this is sometimes only true when it comes to the internal of a relationship between the opposite sex. For example Lady Guo Guo uses bribery to gain control of a very delicate situation, essentially to achieve control she would like over Lord Guo Guo's riches and class by putting his honour in jeopardy, which further emphasises the effects of traditions. The thematic contrast of dependence and independence is also appears in this scene, we are witness to both main characters depending on each other to in the end achieve what they both want. Lord Guo Guo giving in to Lady Guo Guo to acquire his wish, that Pleasure mouse have her feet bound, and in the case of Lady Guo Guo, achieving unlimited credit on what she considers as her honour in this story her burial tomb. ...read more.

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