These cultures give a lot of importance to the heritage and cultural identity. These cultures were great patrons of art and dramaturgy. From a political standpoint, both these nations have significant cultural and political influences in the world. There have been significant and distinctive representation of the cultures. These kinds of the existing political ideology of the nations had enabled Voltaire to deliver the “Orphan of Zhao” to the French people and eventually the entire European culture respected this storyline that was portrayed by Voltaire.
These were some of the common theme that are found between the French and the Chinese. Even though eventually there are significant differences in the political ideology of these nations, the common theme made the story relatable to the European audience particularly the French. There was a general appreciation towards both the cultures in this process. This play adaptation showed the Chinese people how the international audiences respect their culture and it made the people in France aware of the similarities between their cultures.
To conclude, “Orphan of Zhao” is an interesting story that is based on revenge and importance of virtues to conquer brute force evil. The adaptation by Voltaire was accepted by the French audience owing to the way it was presented to the people of France. The play was restructured to meet the needs of the people. There were common elements of importance of virtues that made the people of the west like the story. The common political ideology of the anarchist attitude of the ruling class was also shown in this story. It also shows how the common people were better in having virtues when compared to the majority of the ruling class. The play also gives importance to the values of heritage and cultural identity of the people. This effort by Voltaire was critically acclaimed. Voltaire had added elements of love themes to express the moral values of the people in China. To summarize, this play enabled in cross cultural respect for the cultures. It shows how the people across the spectrum are similar in many of the basic human values. These efforts by Voltaire bring to light the beauty of the different cultures, and the efforts should be lauded. These are the conclusions that have been drawn from this comparative analysis between the original version and the French version.