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Master of Arts (M.A.)

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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.


First Advisor

Elena Suet-Ying Chiu

Second Advisor

David K Schneider

Third Advisor

Zhijun Wang