Document Analysis: by Zaric V.

Source (name and type): This is a Document from Teachings of the Rival Chinese Schools.

Author: The authors of the document where teachers such as Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, and Laozi.

Time Period: The time period this took place in was from 551 BCE to about 223 BCE.

Society: The society is the Empire of China during this time period.

Political, Social, Economic Characteristics at time written: The way Social and Economical structure from the document states that every body was honest and enjoyed living in peace. They all become one with the earth and to live together in harmony. To become one of the “Rich People” they simply have to do nothing, and just live together happily.

Purpose: The document states that people’s lives will be better if they live together in peace and in harmony with nature.

Tone: The way the “Teachers” wrote this document was in a serious way to distribute information. They make it into a poem form, which is a form of art, but the way they wrote it was to let people know how being peaceful can affect their lives for the good.

Audience: The audience intended to read this at the time was the Chinese Civilization. Now, though, anybody can read it, and anybody can relate to it.

Point of view: There are different points of view the way this document is written. At first it starts out in first person saying words such as “I”. The authors then change the point of view to second person using words like “You” and “Your”. 

Important content: The whole poem form of the document is important content. Each line states how doing something will effect the person. It is also guideline like, which means that if it says to do something, and you do it, something good will happen to you. The people of China don’t have to follow it, but if they don’t nothing good with come of them.

Evidence of Bias: There was heavy evidence of bias, because these were the writer’s opinions on what they thought was right.

Assessment of validity: The document is valid, and if anybody reads it they will understand what Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, and Laozi are trying to say about their beliefs on the way of life.