Analysis of the Movie, The Yellow Earth

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Analysis of the Movie, The Yellow Earth

In a village left behind as the rest of the China is progressing, the fate of women remains in the hands of men. Old customs and traditions reign supreme, not because it is believed such ways of life are best, but rather because they have worked for many years despite harsh conditions. In response to Brother Gu’s suggestion of joining communist South China’s progress, Cuiqiao’s widower father put it best: “Farmer’s have their own rules.”

One member of this society is not as eager to keep the status quo. Cuiqiao is seen in the beginning apprehensively observing an arranged marriage. Her older sister had been beaten by her betrothed and the audience is never informed on how her mother died. Cuiqiao expresses her sorrow in song, most pitifully in th...
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