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Copy of The Good Earth
Transcript of Copy of The Good Earth
Chapter 32 In Chapter 32 of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth Wang Lung deals with many different family conflicts. Wang Lung’s slave gives birth to a baby girl and is married off to one of Wang Lung’s laborers. Wang Lung’s son wants to become a soldier but Wang Lung does not agree with his sons decision and offers him anything he wants in order to change his mind, but when his son asks for Pear Blossom he becomes jealous and tells his son it is immoral to bear children with slaves. Wang Lung’s uncle’s wife dies and tensions become high between the two brothers.
Chapter 32 Summary In chapter 32 a cultural element is when the Uncle’s wife dies, she is buried in the family’s plot. This is a cultural element because it is of the Chinese culture that the family is buried together in a certain area, according to their wealth. Chapter 32 - Culture and History In chapter 32 a significant external conflict was the youngest son wants to be a soldier, but Wang Lung doesn’t want him to be so he offers him anything he wants. When he asks for Pear Blossom he refuses because of jealousy but determines it immoral. Chapter 32 - External Conflict Chapter 32 - Imagery, Simile, Personification Imagery- “It would be a good thing to give the maid to the lad,” and this he said to himself again and again, and every time he said it the thing stabbed like a thrust on flesh already sore, and he could not but stab and yet he could not but feel the pain.”
Simile- “Hold the silver as dowry for me…”
Personification- “and she said, and her voice came out of the darkness like the very breath of the cassia tree” Chapter 32 - Imagery, Simile, Personification Wang Lung decides to take Pear Blossom as his mistress. As a result, Lotus gets mad and makes Wang Lung buy her many gifts to appease her.
Wang Lung’s younger son hears about the stories of soldiers in the army, and developes a dream to be a part of this new revolution. When Wang Lung hears this, he gets horrified and infuriated. He tries to persuade his son by finding him and wife, but his youngest son only has eyes for Pear Blossom, and Wang Lung becomes jealous. Chapter 32 - Dynamic Character The motif of sustaining power of the land in chapter 32 is that the land continues to provide money, food, and shelter for Wang Lung and his village. Without the land the village would starve and no money would be left. Chapter 32 - Motif: The Sustaining Power of the Land Wealth has corrupted all large houses continuously throughout the this chapter and the book as a whole. Like the House of Hwang, Wang Lung’s own family has become greedy, desirable, and driven into wanting everything that can scream and flaunt their wealth. Wang Lung’s children are fighting with each other over status in the family, and Wang Lung himself has desires of a young maid, Pear Blossom. He is struck wih jealously when his son wishes to have her. Chapter 32 - Theme : The Corrupting Power of Weath Casey Kabobel, Chloe Stitik, Elizabeth Hicks, Justin Le The Good Earth Chapter 34 In Chapter 34 of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth Wang Lung is reaching the end of his life and has to make some difficult decisions about his family. He asks Pear Blossom to feed his retarded daughter poison when he is dead because he believes that no one will care for her when he is gone and does not want her to suffer. But Pear Blossom refuses and promises to take care of the daughter. Wang Lung asks his oldest son to buy him a coffin and goes to the earthen house to spend his last days there. He makes his sons promise to never sell the land, but they smiled at each other over his head, knowing they would.
Chapter 34 - Summary In chapter 34 an interesting historical element was when Wang Lung was asking his grandsons if they went to school and read the Four Books, they said no and that no one has read the Four Books since the revolution. This tells us that in the history of China what they are learning and the religions that they are following are evolving over time. Chapter 34 - Culture and History In chapter 34 a significant internal conflict was when Wang Lung was deciding whether or not to give Pear Blossom the poison to kill his daughter after he is dead, it is a difficult decision for him because even though he loves his daughter he knows that she will not get the love and care she needs after he is gone. Chapter 34 - Internal Conflict Metaphor- “I am too old for you, and my fire are ashes”
Imagery- “Spring passes and Summer passes into harvest and in the hot autumn sun before winter comes Wang Lung sat where his father had sat against the wall.”
Personification- “Then as autumn flares with the false heat of summer before it dies into winter, so with the quick love Wang Lung had for Pear Blossom” Chapter 34 - Metaphor, Imagery, Personification Wang Lung has a connection with his land, and its prosperous power, but his sons not growing up working on land, just sell it off as soon as Wang Lung dies.
When Wang Lung’s sons sell off the land, it ends their relationship because Wang Lung is the land, and since the sons are already wealthy, they forgot about what made them wealthy, the land. Chapter 34 - Dynamic Character The land has provided many things for Wang Lung. His wealth, health, and life comes from the land. Without the land, the family would still be in poverty and would not have the privileges they do now. They still use the land to stay wealthy. Chapter 34 - Motif : The Sustaining Power of the Land The land has proved once again to have given the family wealth and Wang Lung wishes to die on the land like his ancestors have. He begs the sons not to sell the land, but the sons are greedy and go ahead and sell the land to build a railroad Chapter 34 - Theme: The Corrupting Power of Wealth Social: How does The Good Earth reflect the patriarchal nature of Chinese society in this setting?
In Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth the patriarchal nature of Chinese society is reflected when Wang Lung buys his wife O-lan so that he can have someone around the house to do the chores and have children, not because he really loved her. This was common in this setting because women were thought to be only good for making children and working in the home Chapter 34 - World History Connections Casey Kabobel, Chloe Stitik, Elizabeth Hicks, Justin Le The Good Earth Chapters 32 & 34 Casey Kabobel Chloe Stitik Chloe Stitik Justin Le Justin Le Elizabeth Hicks Elizabeth Hicks Casey Kabobel Chloe Stitik Chloe Stitik Justin Le Justin Le Elizabeth Hicks Elizabeth Hicks Casey Kabobel