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In the two works The Good Earth and The Joy Luck Club the authors explored the different elements of Chinese society of the time By giving examples from the two books one would be able to see the differences and similarities in Wang Lungs generation and the mothers from Joy Lucks generations The differences and similarities would be best shown by tracing through the aspects of the concepts of filial piety the role of women and traditional Chinese ways beliefs and cultural idiosyncracies Filial piety can be defined as respect for parents and elders This was very important in Chinese society it was placed above all other duties It was implemented by Confucius and also placed the eldest male as the highest ranking who deserved the most respect In the Good Earth filial piety can be seen through Wang Lung and his father and also his uncle Early in the book every morning when Wang awoke he would have to make breakfast for his father first Every morningthe old man had waited for his son to bring in hot water to ease him of his morning coughing2 Taking care of his father was his primary concern Later on in the book when they are low on food whatever food there was his father would receive it Wang also had to show respect towards his lazy uncle whom he detested and considered a disgrace to their family When Wang goes to his uncle to talk about his daughters who went around the village ungroomed and talked to men immodestly he wants to say things but knows he cannot because his uncle is the older generation But Wang comes to a point where he is unable to hold back and tell his uncle his true opinions His uncle responds back by scolding him and threatening to tell people in town about his disrespect towards his uncle Have you no religion no morals that you are
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