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Wang Lung treats his father with great respect It is in the culture of ancient china to obey and appreciate your elders For example at the beginning of the book Wang Lung rises early every morning to bring his sick father warm water and food Even when the family is starving later on in the book Wang Lung gives his father whatever food is left No matter how difficult life became Wangs father came first Wang Lung takes his family south because there is a great famine and his family is starving They have absolutely no food anymore and no money to buy any Wang Lung decides that they would be better off if they traveled to the south where he believes they may seek refuge As the family walks towards the south they find out from a man that a firewagon can take them there for a low price They are in no shape to walk there so they decide to ride there instead When the family gets to the south they discover that in order to get money one must beg for it Wang Lung refuses to be a beggar so he finds a job pulling jinrikishas The family also learns about a rice shop that sells rice to the poor for a pence Throughout their stay in the south Wang Lung gains a little money but it isnt until a revolution of the poor that Wang Lung takes a rich mans money and is able to go home The status of women in pre-Communist China as depicted in The Good Earth is very different than men Women are not really seen as people but more as property They are expected to be married at an early age and have children If a women doesnt birth males than she is highly looked down upon Sometimes female babies arent even kept when they are born because theyre just seen as burdens This
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