Land is the most valued piece any man could have. If they didn’t have land then money was hard to earn because you had no crops. Steinbeck shows this in the first chapter of The Grapes of Wrath. “And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men-to feel whether this time the men would break.” (Steinbeck 6) This quote is after the men wake up to find their ruined corn form the dust storms. The men would become angry at his crops and the dust storms because if they didn’t get money soon they would lose their land.
After paying the rent for the ricksha, Wang Lung did not make a lot, but it was enough to sup... ... middle of paper ... ...e opium, and began to annoy Wang Lung's older son's wife by talking dirty and walking around with his robe open. Seeing this, Nung Wen became very angry and Wang Lung rented a portion of the house of Hwang. The uncle and his wife were left in the country with their opium, and the uncle's son left to join the army. When Ching died, Wang Lung stopped farming and rented out his land, hoping that his youngest son would tend the land, but when he took a girl that his youngest son liked, his youngest son ran away from home and joined the army. When Wang Lung's death came near, he moved back to the country to be with his land.
William was a fortune hunter and the children did not like him at all. Mr. Rawlings did not care about anything but money during their marriage, which made the marriage an indefinite disaster. Upon the end of their ill-fated marriage John, along with his other siblings were sent to live with their grand parents, months later Frances moved in also. Frances also left Mr. Rawlings with the stables she inherited from her late husband Thomas, and from that day forward Frances health began to dwindle away. The times up until know have been very hard on the Keats family, especially hard on the children, they only get worse as time goes on.
China also gave punishments to the opium addicts because the opium was like a “devil” which went deeply into the addicts’ hearts to make them weak. “Death was now the penalty for every variety of opium offense. Even the smoker had only eighteen months in which to give up the habit. (To help him Lin opened a sanitarium just outside the city wall. )” (172).
He buys a parcel of land belonging to the House of Hwang. Wang's Uncle, who is lazy and evil, knows of his nephew's success and repeatedly comes to Wang to beg for help and food. It is the Chinese custom to help relatives, so Wang reluctantly aids him. Unfortunately, a famine strikes, and everyone, including the Wang family, suffers. The Uncle spreads the rumor that Wang is hoarding food and money, which causes the famished villages to plunder Wang's house; but they find nothing, for Wang is also starving and unable to provide for the basic needs of his family.
This page demonstrates the conflict between class and money. The bank has higher power and is taking away the land from the poor or lower class since they have no money. Some of the wealthy or higher-class people during this... ... middle of paper ... ...s “And all their love was thinned with money and all their fierceness dribbled away in interest until, they were no longer farmers…” (Steinbeck 316). The motives of the rich are always to keep the poor at bay, it is the rich man’s fear of becoming the very thing he loathes that makes him hate the poor, for he is afraid that one day he too could lose everything he has; everything he is and become poor like the people that he oppressed. Why are the poor more caring than the rich, it is because they can appreciate the little that they have, and with that little they are willing to share, it is only then do they feel rich; not the richness of wealth, but the richness of spirit.
It's a sad thing to figger close"(p. 111). When they made the decision to leave their house they had to account for everything that was to be taken with them. When they took their possessions to the scrape yard the man hustled them into taking a low price for their things because Steinbeck wanted to show how greed affected the small businessman as well as the big businesses. The dust besides symbolizing the life leaving the land, it also symbolizes the banks that took all they could from the farmers and then when they could give no more they were kicked out of their homes. "Houses were shut tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in so thinly that it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes.
When people lose value as laborers, they begin to lose value as a whole person, too. Thus, they also become a ‘bug’ in society because of their inability to continually contribute to the world. Metaphorically speaking, this is how Gregor felt. He was discarded at the slightest change in his laboring ability. Following the Marxist theory, economic and monetary principles far surpassed any emotional attachment in the Samsa family.
What is the reason for continuing on after Gatsby has lived by his semi-immoral lifestyle, after the one he loved and the ultimate reason for continuing on in life and the soul purpose for everything he has ever achieved and accomplished, is now gone? Just knowing that they’re still there and just not able to reach out to him or want, to reach out to him is pain enough. All of the wealth Gatsby has accumulated over the years by doing immoral, socially complex tasks is now for nothing. Not to mention, he’s dead. Killed by a man who wrongly accused this man for sleeping with his wife, walked up to him on his own property-which Gatsby has generously shared with the community-shoots Gatsby, then himself; this is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, “The Great Gatsby”.
Benjy started out doing something nice but ended up trying to live his life through his brothers. In the end Benjy attains cancer and is sinking towards death with no one to inherit his life long achievement, his factory. No one will take over his business in the family because Lennie is too busy, Max-his brother- is too uninformed about it and Duddy has a certain disliking for him. Duddy had lost his respect for Benjy due to the fact that Benjy always ridiculed him. Benjy made his father Simcha believe