The Good Earth In the early 1900s, China could be a setting where one prospers, or a place where one is poor and living on the streets with no food. If people are willing to work diligently enough to have a successful life even under difficult conditions, they can succeed. In The Good Earth, the protagonist, Wang Lung, has to put up with arduous situations. Although Lung has to deal with these situations, he demonstrates his work ethic, which is one of his many virtues.
In the early 1900s, many women in the Chinese heritage were treated like slaves before they were married. Once they were married, their job was to bear the husband’s children and fulfill the household needs. However, in the novel “The Good Earth,” Wang Lung’s wife, O’lan, did not only bear his children and attend to the household needs, but she also worked in the fields with Wang Lung even when she was pregnant with his child. O’lan was always obedient to her husband and was always resourceful no matter what the situation was. Therefore, one could start to understand the many myriads of characters O’lan is and how she is considered to be the virtuous woman throughout the novel and all she truly wanted in life was to be wanted but never was
Hard work on the land is rewarded with wealth and prosperity. This is a belief of Wang Lung, the main character in The Good Earth. The book is set in turn-of-the-century China, in a rural farming town with few amenities of the revolutionized world. It follows his path from the moment he’s married to his death, with all the highs and lows in his life. It takes specific care to highlight the culture in China and how it affects the characters.
Furthermore, Wang Lung purchases land for his own benefits due to his love for the Earth. He does this, however, he does this in hopes that it will support his family with food from the crops and money from selling the food. Along with that, he also buys it in hopes for his sons and their family to have a food source from the crops even after he is unable to tend and harvest from it. This relates to people passing down things of sentimental value to their offsprings to keep after they are gone. The part of the statement that would relate to this situation is “as it is lived in any age…”.
Throughout The Good Earth we come across many tough conflicts both internally and externally, but even so, many of them we can relate to. Wang Lung, O-Lan, Lotus, Ching, and the rest of Wang Lung’s family all must deal with conflicts between each other, with nature, and within themselves. But they aren’t so different from us and we find ourselves in many of the same situations that our beloved characters do. Wang Lung deals with guilt and greed throughout the novel and it is something that most people can relate to in the entirety of their life.
The first similarity is that in both culture the families are poor. For example, in the novel The Good Earth, the main character, Wang Lung worked in small farm. Wangs didn’t have much money because there is no money to buy crops. Wang Lung didn’t have much money to buy new window and he put paper away everywhere in his home, According to the text, Wang Lung’s father said that “Why are you wasteful? Tea is like eating silver.”
In conclusion, Wang Lung displays flaws and virtues throughout his eventful life. By seeing these, the audience has a much deeper understanding and interest into the character. The reader can connect to Lung because they aren’t perfect and have flaws in their character as well. Had Lung only demonstrated virtues, he would be seen as a stale, uninteresting character and people would not be able to connect and relate with him. As JJ Abrams, a famous Hollywood director and producer, once said, “To me the interesting main character is never the one without
Zheng He’s voyages have been a constant source of controversy in the historical world because of the differing opinions on whether they should be celebrated or not. In July of 1405, Zheng He was given a task to lead a fleet of ships for exploration. This task was assigned to him by Emperor Yongle of China’s Ming Dynasty. Zheng He went on seven separate voyages over the next twenty eight years through the Indian and Pacific Oceans with the largest fleet of wooden ships in history. He navigated his massive fleet from Nanjing along the Chinese coast and through these oceans to explore new lands and bring prosperity to China.
Zheng He was a Muslim Chinese explorer who embarked on seven voyages that ranged from Southeastern Asia to Eastern Africa. The distances traveled by Zheng He were never seen before. Zheng He’s ships were up to 440 feet long. The purposes of his seven journeys were to impress the “barbarians” with China’s porcelain vases, pearls, and silk. Because he was a Muslim he made the pilgrimage to Mecca on his journeys.
1.4 Wang Mang ruling 1.4.1 Ecological and cultural background In 9 CE, a Confucian reformer named Wang Mang seized the throne and ended the Han dynasty. He became the emperor of the new Xin Dynasty. The emperor began his reign by implementing radical idealistic and counterproductive policies. Mimicking rules that existed in previous collapsed dynasties.