In The Good Earth, Wang Lung’s children are raised in an atmosphere of privilege, leading them away from their family’s traditional values. In their childhood, Lung taught his sons to demonstrate filial piety. Lung instructed them to respect their elders, to not talk poorly of them, and to provide for them first. However, it is clear by the end of the book that the sons do not follow this tradition. Lung’s first son speaks poorly of his teacher, a “wise elder” of the town.
In ancient Chinese history males were expected to wear their hair in long braids called a guelle for religious purposes. In The Good Earth, Wang’s sons cut off their guelles, which, in a sense, they lost their connection to god. The process of marriage was different from the process today. When Wang and O-lan got married, they had to go and ask the Earth gods for their blessing. Going to the Earth Gods was the final step in the marriage process.
A great example that displayed this type of result is from a Chinese novel entitled “The Good Earth”. The story of “The Good Earth” is about how events in Wang Lung’s life made drastic changes. Wang Lung and his wife O-lan were faced with many situations wherein their strength, efforts, and emotions were put to the test. They were both hard workers, especially when it put their success, survival, and most importantly, their family at risk. Were it not for the hard work of the couple,
The Good Earth, a historical fiction by Pearl S. Buck, shows the life of a farmer in twentieth century China. Throughout the novel, Wang Lung, the main character, progresses from a poor countryman to a rich businessman. O-lan, Wang Lung’s faithful wife, bores her husband many children and serves as a strong foundation in the household. Through multiple examples in the book, Buck portrays the obvious gender bias of Ancient China, a woman’s understood responsibilities within a household, and their quiet power. Prevalent with Wang Lung’s eldest daughter, China’s society shows no favor towards a girl.
Though some women were treated better than others, most of those women were from wealthy families or were relatives of emperors. Women who weren’t from noble families, which was majority of the population, were required to follow a set of strict, unfair rules and look a certain way. They hardly had any say in who they married, and they were forced to marry at a very young age. The Han women were neglected of their education, and in the situations where wealthy women could, their received a different education than men. They learned about how to be good mothers and wives instead of learning skills for jobs, which completely restricted them from outside job opportunities.
A novel that refers to an ancient China with different traditions and beliefs, uses a common farmer as the main character. The novel The Good Earth written by “Pearl S. Buck” occurs in early China, at a time there were still emperors. Their life styles were different in many varied aspects in comparison to our modern day life. Some examples of this unique culture are: the different women roles, the symbolism of land as power and how wealth affected their traditions. One of the main ideas the author transmits to us is the arranged marriage and the possibility of having a second woman in the house.
In Genesis women have to bear the pain of childbearing. In the Chinese creation story Nu wa realized that her work was incomplete so she had to make males and females reproduce to save her from having to make new humans. Genesis and the Chinese creation story they both different ways of the creation of humans. In Genesis god spoke of human. In the Chinese creation story Nu wa mad human.
This is also the way to show respect to parents. The classic story is Hua Mulan. In the Song Dynasty, a young girl, Hua Mulan, disguised herself as her father to join the army. It was because Hua Mulan 's father was too old, and Hua Mulan was worried that her father would die in the war, so she did that. The background of Great Wall The Great Wall is one of the important symbol of China.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck displays a wide range of women from one being a slave to another being a great lady or beautiful concubine (prostitute). The faults and strengths in each female character range and create a society much like ours today. One society, which can contain traditions, but also may lack or set them aside as well. O-Lan a raised slave and Lotus a concubine (prostitute) are both momentous to the story and towards Wang Lung, the main character. O-Lan and Lotus have comparative and contrastive aspects, but each one of their significance plays some major roles in the novel towards the well being of traditions and to Wang Lung.
Uncle Chuan 's perception of parental love was that he sent her away to England so she could live a better life with better education so as to not suffer or live the life that he did. This also relates to the career path that Bee chose for herself. Bee chose to pursue art as her career but Uncle Chuan thinks it 's ridiculous and it will not be a decent job. This shows how much Uncle Chuan loves