"The Good Earth" Essay. A Chinese Book Of A Farmer's Hard Life Working On The Land.

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Chapters 1-13 EssayThe Good Earth is a Chinese book of a farmer's hard life working on the land. Ittells of the farmer's good times and bad times, and all through this there is alwaysthe good earth that produces his crops that he may eat or sell to make money.Chapter 1: Wang Lung is on his marriage day. He wakes up apon a bright andglorios morning. Wang does his normal chores in the morning and also takes abath and gets a hair cut. He is glad that he will soon have a woman to do thesechores. He also has anxiety about meeting the woman for the first time and goingto the Great house. When he meets her, she is very quiet and she does not talkunless it is neccessary.Chapter 2: Something I found very different in the Chinese culture is that thespouse you marry is not yet wholly yours until you have had sex. Wang Lung stilltries to impress O-lan and wonders if she even likes him. O-lan comes out to be avery hard worker and is much help in the house. She fits in very well.Chapter 3: O-lan has the first baby and it is a boy. O-lan also tells Wang that shewill return to the House of Hwang to show the mistress her baby. Wang Lung goesloco and plans to do a lot of thing to celebrate the birth. He plans to die a basketfulof eggs red and give them out so that everyone will know he has a son.Chapter 4: O-lan recovers easily from the birth and sets back out in the fieldsworking with Wang. It tells of Wang's lazy uncle and his problems. It is becomeingFall and it is harvest time. Wang Lung sells his harvest and makes a big profit. Heputs the extra money in a hole in the wall in his room.Chapter 5: Wang decorates red stamps everywhere for good luck in the new year.O-lan returns to the House of Hwang. She finds that the people there are becomingpoorer due to great expenses. Wang then decides to buy good land from the greathouse and is very happy and pleased. He belives he is rising from his level ofpeasantry.Chapter 6: Wang Lung makes up his mind that he is happy to have the land and isdetermined to get enough money to buy all the land around the great house. O-lanhas another baby boy which Wang is not so happy about. Wang is becoming richoff the new land and is rising in power through the community.Chapter 7: Wang Lung's uncle started becoming trouble because he didn't want towork and didn't care. Wang and his uncle got in an argument while the uncle wasasking for some money. It turned out that Wang gave his uncle the money becausethe uncle was going to tell the town bad things about him. Crows came to Wang'sfield which was an evil omen.Chapter 8: There was a drought. Wang Lung secretly took some money andbought another piece of land. The fields dried up. People were forced to eatanything they could find. Wang had to eat his ox and he was very sad....

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