Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters Characters

This Study Guide consists of approximately 66 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Pavilion of Women.
This section contains 1,959 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters Study Guide

Madame Wu

Madame Wu is the novel’s central character and protagonist. At the novel’s beginning, she is celebrating her fortieth birthday by deliberately and thoughtfully moving herself, both physically and emotionally, into the next phase of her life: she moves out of the living space she shares with her husband (see “Mr. Wu” below), arranges for his sexual needs to be taken care of by a concubine (see “Ch’iuming”, below), and begins a process of emotional and spiritual withdrawal from the world that, over the course of the story, takes her in some unexpected but rewarding directions.

Throughout the book, and over the course of her transformation from austerely gentle autocrat to compassionately authoritative contemplative, she retains several consistent characteristics. She is thoughtful and intellectual (in a time and place in which women were expected to be little more than docile son incubators), almost supernaturally insightful...

(read more)

This section contains 1,959 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook