The Good Earth
Women nowadays have been taking over. Years ago, it was all men. Women
weren’t even allowed to be educated. Nowadays, according to statistics, women
graduate more then men, get better grades, and enter college at greater rates. The
fortune tells us that; not only do women enter college at higher rates than men, but
they’re less likely to drop out once they get there.
Now this questions us. Does that mean men are less studious or committed than
women are? Not necessarily. Instead, it seems the gender gap’s roots are partly
financial. Men are less willing to take on the heavy debt loads that are increasingly
required to complete a college degree. When they reach the point of owing $12,500 in
school loans, men “are more likely to be discouraged” than women, and to decide it
makes sense to leave school and start working full-time.
In the book, “The Good Earth," the women and men have completely different
responsibilities. Women weren’t allowed to be educated and only rich families had the
chance of sending their kids to schools. Men were mostly either merchants or
tradesmen. Women were mostly slaves. In the book Wang Lung was a harvester, and
O-lan was a slave....