How filial piety work in ancient Chinese society

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Loyalty and filial piety, as the two major virtues in Confucian orthodoxy, have been emphasized for centuries in Chinese history. Loyalty "bonded officials to rulers," and filial piety "bonded children to parents" (Spence 102).

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How filial piety work in ancient Chinese societyA Choice between Loyalty and Filial PietyA Choice between Loyalty and Filial PietyLoyalty and filial piety, as the two major virtues in Confucian orthodoxy, have been emphasized for centuries in Chinese history. Loyalty "bonded officials to rulers," and filial piety "bonded children to parents" (Spence 102). When talking about loyalty and filial piety, modern people tend to have the misconception that the two virtues are applied more to the vast subjects ruled by the Chinese emperor, rather than to the emperor himself. Especially when thinking about the application of loyalty, it seems the emperor himself has no master to serve or betray. Yet in Elliott's book, the author successfully portrays a humanlike emperor, Qianlong, a person who was constrained by these two virtues he pursued, and sometimes he needed to make a hard choice be

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