Justin Brown
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The Good Earth
Chapters 1-13 Essay

The Good Earth is a Chinese book of a farmer\'s hard life working on the land. It

tells of the farmer\'s good times and bad times, and all through this there is always

the 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 and

glorios morning. Wang does his normal chores in the morning and also takes a

bath and gets a hair cut. He is glad that he will soon have a woman to do these

chores. He also has anxiety about meeting the woman for the first time and going

to the Great house. When he meets her, she is very quiet and she does not talk

unless it is neccessary.


Chapter 2: Something I found very different in the Chinese culture is that the

spouse you marry is not yet wholly yours until you have had sex. Wang Lung still

tries to impress O-lan and wonders if she even likes him. O-lan comes out to be a

very 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 she

will return to the House of Hwang to show the mistress her baby. Wang Lung goes

loco and plans to do a lot of thing to celebrate the birth. He plans to die a basketful

of 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 fields

working with Wang. It tells of Wang\'s lazy uncle and his problems. It is becomeing

Fall and it is harvest time. Wang Lung sells his harvest and makes a big profit. He

puts 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 becoming

poorer due to great expenses. Wang then decides to buy good land from the great

house and is very happy and pleased. He belives he is rising from his level of

peasantry.


Chapter 6: Wang Lung makes up his mind that he is happy to have the land and is

determined to get enough money to buy all the land around the great house. O-lan

has another baby boy which Wang is not so happy about. Wang is becoming rich

off 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 to

work and didn\'t care. Wang and his uncle got in an argument while the uncle was

asking for some money. It turned out that Wang gave his uncle the money because

the uncle was going to tell the town bad things about him. Crows came to Wang\'s

field which was an evil omen.


Chapter 8: There was a drought. Wang Lung secretly took some money and

bought another piece of land. The fields dried up. People were forced to eat

anything they could find. Wang had to eat his ox and he was very sad. O-lan had a

baby girl this time. She didn\'t get enough food. His uncle got a crowd of people to

come and search for food in Wang\'s home becuase he thought Wang had a stash of

food. Ching, Wang\'s neighbor, was ashamed of what he did and appologized.


Chapter 9: Everyone\'s bellies swell out from lack of food and noone leaves their

homes. There is nothing to eat. Not even corn cobbs or tree bark. Wang loves his

daughter very much. The old man, Wang\'s father, is still fairly healthy because he is

fed some food. When Ching tells Wang that people in town, including Wang\'s

uncle, are eating dogs and even other humans, Wang decides that they are moving

south. Ching gives Wang some beans for his trip to make up for the robbery. O-lan

gives birth to another baby girl but she kills it since it probably wouldn\'t live