Researching the Work 1
So I was given the great opportunity of going to the OU library twice. I went with Tj and the second time was significantly more successful than the other. The first time going in I was overwhelmed by all the students and all the books inside. We talked to the librarian and did not get a picture but we were able to log on and look up articles. We could not print because we were unaware of how to print and we decided to leave. The second time we went my sister came along because we thought we would need her OU id card to print. Instead we realized we could get a guest card like we had a guest id login. It was all very frustrating because we could of had our criticisms like two weeks in advance. Either way we had our critcisms in time. As I started to read my criticisms I realized that one of them would not help me at all and I screamed. I am furious that I bought one that will not help. It is 10 cents for each page and each critcism is over 20 pages. Overall it has been frustrating and I must go back to the library on monday.
Reading the Work: 22-28
So during this part I feel horrible for O-lan. She has been nothing but an obedient wife. Pretty much a model for Chinese culture. She becomes ill and passes. This reminds me of a part of Cheaper by the Dozen where the mom goes off to work. The father is left with all the family and stress. Wang Lung discovers how much O-lan actually did. He never loved her though and he disliked that he couldn’t love her. I also hate that his uncle and his family take advantage of him. He has invited them into his house and they are not thankful or grateful. I think family should help each other out but Wang Lung has done more than help them out. Through reading I hate the Uncle and his family. Like the eldest son of Wang Lung, I would have drown them though that is wrong in the old Chinese traditional culture and in society today.
Reading the Work: 15-21
Most of the time reading through these chapters I was in amazement. Honestly cannot comprehend how bad some people have it. Not only that, it is crazy how fast wealth changes people. The need to have money causes people to lose so many of their morals and principles. It was sad how Wang Lung had a sudden burst of wealth and decided to go to far insulting his wife who does everything for him and cheats on her. I also like how Buck connects back how important the earth is. Wang Lung had gained so much and had a lot of money to spare he lost his interest in the land but later hears a voice inside telling him to come back. This reminded me of the lorax and how money and power took over the thneed maker and how horrible he felt after leaving the land barren.
Reading the Work: Ch 1-7
I was not sure what to expect when I got this book. I have always enjoyed Chinese culture and traditions and picking a book written by a woman who grew up in China. She is American but her parents, who were missionaries, travelled to China. While reading I am annoyed at how the main character views women. He believes them to be like slaves and cook, clean, and provide children. He cannot wait to claim his wife. He has never met her before and I do not like how she really had no say. Wang Lung, the main charater, also has an issue with her not binding her feet. I think this is completely ridiculous as no one should have to tie their feet in order to keep them small. I find myself becoming more and more of a feminist and I hope I do not become an extremist. I do not think I will though because this book is in a different time period and things are a quite a bit different now. I hope as the story progresses, Wang Lung and his wife O-lan will become more equal and have a loving relationship.
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
I originally chose this book because I was looking for a book with literary merit. I also took into account that it had to be fiction. I came upon this book when on tumblr looking at Chinese society and books relating to it. Through several scrolls I came upon The Good Earth and looked up what it was about and on google scholar. Only recently did I order it online and it is in the mail.