Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period

1-29-2017

Degree Program

Chinese

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2016

Month Degree Awarded

September

Advisor Name

Elena

Advisor Middle Initial

Suet-Ying

Advisor Last Name

Chiu

Co-advisor Name

David

Co-advisor Middle Initial

K

Co-advisor Last Name

Schneider

Third Advisor Name

Zhijun

Third Advisor Last Name

Wang

Abstract

This thesis explores the harmonious endings of two different Chinese plays The Lute and Peony Pavilion. The harmonious conclusions reflect unique aspects of Chinese culture such as Confucian ethics and norms. The analysis of these harmonious conclusions provides a further analysis of the text throughout the plays. The happy endings do not occur without strife. The conflict found in the plays is examined to demonstrate the factors that lead to the transformation from conflict to harmony.

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