Why Does Empresses in the Palace Not Have the Motherly Flavor?

In costume dramas, Zhen Huan is indeed quite capable of giving birth She first gave birth to a son named Long Yue, and then gave birth to a pair of twins She used the children in her belly to frame the Empress She also adopted a four-year-old prince So, the question arises Why can hardly any motherly vibes be felt from Zhen Huan?

Self-identity has nothing to do with wife and children

A strong woman will not exhibit obvious “maternal” qualities.

Nor will she have an obvious “married woman” flavor.

Because whether it is the maternal flavor or the married woman flavor, it is essentially the result of a weak self-identity and excessive attachment to secondary attributes.

Zhen Huan belongs to the type of woman who is very self-respecting and strong, so it is understandable that those who dislike her perceive her as arrogant and self-centered–

that is, her self-identity is strong.

Such a person, when becoming a wife, will not prioritize her husband, and when becoming a mother, will not prioritize her children. She always adheres to her true self.

Mei Zhuang and An Xiaoniao are also similar.

In contrast, the empress and the noble consort are clear examples of the married woman flavor, as they greatly favor their chubby son;

In the later period, Jing Fei exhibited a strong maternal flavor, with everything revolving around her daughter, Long Yue.

Female Characters and Their Lack of Connection with Children

Not just Zhen Huan, but most of the female characters in the drama also lack a connection with children.

This is because the impression they give the viewers is often unrelated to children. Moreover, in the unpredictable and ever-changing harem, children are often seen as bargaining chips or even tools for competing for favor. Therefore, except for Duan Fei and Jing Fei, who show a greater maternal radiance, the other female characters have palace intrigue plots that have more visual impact than children.

As the main character, Zhen Huan’s storyline is even more complex and dramatic, and the viewers' first reaction rarely involves children.

Parenting Methods of Aristocratic Women

The Relationship between Motherhood and Status

In ancient times, aristocratic women did not have to breastfeed or take care of their children; this was done by wet nurses. Naturally, these aristocratic women could be without a maternal aroma. Of course, there are exceptions—those who choose to take care of their children themselves, such as Concubine Jing. She frequently feeds and plays with Long Yue, so Concubine Jing has a maternal aroma.

On the other hand, the main identity of Zhen Huan is not as a mother, but as a manager and a high-ranking figure in the imperial harem. Therefore, she does not have a maternal aroma. People who have a maternal aroma often have motherhood as their main identity, with a significant portion of their energy and time dedicated to being a mother.

However, there is no need to excessively criticize Zhen Huan by saying that she lacks love or does not care for her children. Zhen Huan is just a woman like any other, and while she loves her children, she has more important matters to attend to in her life.

Zhēn Huán’s career and the future of her children

Because Zhēn Huán is a career woman.

She has been climbing up, the higher she climbs, the more stable her position, the better future her children will have.

Isn’t it similar to modern women, competing in the workplace and then providing a superior environment for their children??

And the children are left to nannies, caretakers, or even adopted by childless sisters.

Because Zhēn Huán has a “father’s temperament”, she lacks a “mother’s temperament”.

To say that Zhēn Huán doesn’t love her children, she was able to encourage the Fourth Imperial Prince at that time; she was able to sympathize with Wēn Yí being manipulated by Cáo Guìrén for favor. However, she can only do so much. It is unreasonable to expect Zhēn Huán to bring the Fourth Imperial Prince and Wēn Yí to her side out of pity for the children. However, if she is sent to take care of princes and princesses, she will make efforts to raise them and help the Fourth Imperial Prince ascend to the throne.

Personal and Motherhood Identity

Because she is first a person, and secondly a mother.

The Prototype of “Legend of Concubine Zhenhuan” is Empress Wu.

The prototype in the book “Legend of Concubine Zhenhuan” is Empress Wu.

Never mind how absurd the story may be, but the plot of leaving the palace for cultivation and returning to the palace to eliminate the empress is indeed inspired by Empress Wu.

So… does Empress Wu have a maternal aura?

Of course, Concubine Zhenhuan doesn’t have one either.

I truly love the maternal-free Concubine Zhenhuan.

A Young Lady Without Maternal Charm

Zhen Huan, the protagonist, is only in her early twenties when the drama ends, so she hasn’t yet reached the age where she exudes maternal charm. Xin Gui Ren and Shen Mei Zhuang also lack maternal charm.

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I don’t know.