Essay PreviewMore ↓
Le Ly never forgot about honoring the past while trying to better conditions for her future generations. Le Ly's father had a big influence in her life. Her father had once told her "Right is the goodness you carry in your heartlove for your ancestors and your baby and your family and for everything that lives. Wrong is anything that comes between you and that love" (201). After her father died, she realized just how connected the past is with the future and was determined to please her father's spirit in everything she did. Le Ly always listened for her father's spirit calling out to her; to his little peach blossom. Because of her father, she knew that she could, and should, go to America with her son for a better life. Once in America, Le Ly knew she could not sever her roots from the home she loved, as long as she was called to help her struggling home country. When she returned to Vietnam to see her family again, she saw the need for help and knew she was called back home for a reason. Once again she heard her father, this time welcoming her home. "Bay Ly, Bay Lymy little peach blossomwhy have you been gone so long" (315)? Her family was depending on Le Ly to bridge the gap between Vietnam and America to bring help to the peasants.
How to Cite this Page
"When Heaven And Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip." 123HelpMe.com. 21 Nov 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Introduction In Hayslip’s book When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, she talks about her life as a peasant’s daughter and her and her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War has not only affected Vietnam itself, but also the United States, where in the beginning they did not want to get involved. However, with the spread of communism, which had already affected China, the president at the time Lyndon Johnson, thought it was time to stop the spread of the Vietnam War. With America’s involvement in the war, it caused great problems for both sides.... [tags: ptsd, vietnam war, communist north]
1578 words (4.5 pages)
- Book Review: When Heaven and Earth Changed Places Le Ly Hayslip was born in Ky La Vietnam in December 1949. She was the sixth child of a farming family. Their village supported the Viet Cong and as she was growing up she was often required to help Viet Cong soldiers by stealing supplies. Hayslip's life was full of more hardship and difficulty than most American's can imagine. Until her early twenties Hayslip's life revolved around War, at first with the French and later with the Americans. The Vietnam War shaped her life and that of her family's very strongly.... [tags: Book Reviews]
811 words (2.3 pages)
- The Conception of Evil in Byron's Dramas: Manfred, Cain, Heaven and Earth, The Deformed Transformed. The depictions of and ideas about evil in Byron's dramas Cain, The Deformed Transformed, Heaven and Earth and Manfred are fairly common between the four texts. On the basic level, evil is seen as a force opposite to good, which all humans have the potential for. Only some humans express this potential, and their downfall into evil is often brought about by temptation, usually from a divine being.... [tags: Heaven and Earth Essays]
2719 words (7.8 pages)
- A New Beginning Le Ly, in the film Heaven and Earth has clearly had her moments of hardship. Le Ly in the face of the Vietnam war was stripped from the remnants of her childhood and faced with her enemy on multiple occasions. Le Ly’s older brothers went off to fight for their country, while she and her family stayed on their village to ten their farm. It wasn’t long until the war was at their front door. Le Ly was then tortured by the Viet- Con, almost raped by soldiers; if that wasn’t enough to break her spirit then her and he mother had to move away from their beloved village to find work in Saigon.... [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Human, United States]
710 words (2 pages)
- Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell "The Nature of my Work is Visionary or Imaginative; it is an Endeavor to Restore what the Ancients calld the Golden Age." -William Blake (Johnson/Grant,xxiv). William Blake completed the manuscript of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, as well as the twenty-five accompanying engraved plates, in 1792. In the sense that the The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is a vision of a particular version of reality, it subscribes to one definition of the mythic, but also fulfills another as Birenbaum writes in Tragedy and Innocence: "...on a more specialized level..."true myth"...suggests a penentration to the essential nature of human experience, ma... [tags: Heaven]
2517 words (7.2 pages)
- ... The next topic discussed was hamartiology also known as the study of sin. As stated in the previous paragraph, man’s sin stems from the sin of Adam and Eve which can also be classified as the original sin of man. Sin is classified as “anything that is opposed to the character and will of God as revealed in his Word.” (Towns 241-242) This means anything from gossiping to murder is considered a sin. If you look at this from a twenty-first century point of view, many of our daily actions can be considered a sin.... [tags: theology, genesis, Jesus]
1799 words (5.1 pages)
- From the time of the creation of God’s Kingdom and the earth until present day in the eternal life, God has intended for His people to live as full human beings in order to live a fulfilled life, and a life of salvation and redemption through His son Jesus Christ. Through living the eternal life and living within God’s Kingdom, the anticipation of the return of Christ and the beginning of the New Heaven and the New Earth is what Christians are currently living for and anticipating. New Heaven and New Earth are both goals Christians work towards through their faith in Christ, along with the anticipation and work towards the eschatological goal as we work and live towards the future and end r... [tags: Jesus, Christianity, Christian terms, Islam]
1108 words (3.2 pages)
- Moral cynicism. Common blindness. Inhumane reality. Disappointment. Former Communist intellectuals use these words to depict the Soviet Russia- “heaven on Earth”- after their fundamental beliefs of Communism were violently shaken when they faced the harsh reality. A system of brotherhood, equality, rapid progress, and classless society were what the writers in “God That Failed” initially thought of the Soviet Union. Throughout their essays there is a realization-either gradual or sudden- that awakens these brilliant intellectuals from the numbness state and see this system for what it truly represents.... [tags: Communism, Soviet Union, Communist state, Marxism]
1353 words (3.9 pages)
- Before there was earth and heaven, there was a Creator to make all things with His words. He spoke “let there be light”, and then there was light. He spoke let there be water, then there was water. He separated water and dry land to make ground and sea, and also covered the dry land with vegetation and plants. The creator was mighty and He is Our God. God created the whole universe in seven days. He created light, water, plants, and animal. Then God said, “let us make man in our image, after our likeness”(Gen 1:26).... [tags: God, Good and evil, Love, Religion]
1361 words (3.9 pages)
- Objects and Places in The Good Earth Earth/ Land/ Field: Wang Lung's love for the earth is a chief driving force in his life. The only thing he loves with any constancy is the earth, and this is because the earth is constant as well. Unlike food or silver, the earth is something that can never be taken away from him. Wang Lung always keeps returning to his land, and yearns for it whenever he is away. It serves as a healing element for him whenever he has domestic troubles, and is the foundation upon which he has founded his great family.... [tags: Papers]
651 words (1.9 pages)
Le Ly thought about the welfare of her family when she was going from job to job. At one point, Le Ly had to support two households on a black-market salary. "With the expense of two households and less money from my sales, I could see the day would come when we would all be back out on the street. I determined I would do anything before I let that happen again" (256). This forced Le Ly to take drastic measures she vowed she never would take again. When Big Mike offered four hundred dollars to Le Ly to have sex with two GI's, she at first refused. However, with the money she would be able to take care of her family for a year. "Four hundred dollars would support my mother, me and Hung for over a year " (258). Selling one's body was not looked highly upon. Le Ly, remembering what her father taught her, decided she must do this for the family. "He taught me that to sacrifice one's self for freedom was a very high honor" (ix). She was able to give in to Big Mike knowing that this money was going to help her and her family's financial situation. This money would also eventually help Le Ly and her son escape to America.
To be able to provide a better future for her son, Le Ly felt she and her son were no longer able to stay in Vietnam and needed to leave for America. "If baby Hung and I and my father's spirit were to survive the death of Vietnam, we would have to turn our eyes elsewhereto the West " (239). Le Ly had married an American, who many see as the enemy, and most of her family members did not approve of this. Marrying an American was only a part of the problem. The difference in ages, with Ed being much older, and marrying so soon after the death of her father went against traditions. "You betray your ancestors" (347)! Even knowing all of this, moving to America is what needed to be done to protect her family and their futures. When Le Ly's father was alive, he had told her to take care of her son, whatever that entailed. "Raise him the best way you can. That is the battle you were born to fight" (201). Now, honoring her dead father, she remembered his words. The future was not bright for her in Vietnam. And with a growing boy to think of, she had to make the hard decision to leave everything and everybody she knows behind. With Ed as her husband, she knew she could give her son a better future where endless opportunities await him and he will not know the hardships of war. " he would see to it that I would never have to work again; that my little boy, Jimmy, would be raised in a nice neighborhood and go to an American school; and that neither of us would have to face the dangers and travails of war again. the answer to my prayers " (343). Out of necessity, Le Ly married the American. Le Ly was determined to keep close to the ghosts of her past while providing a future in America for the upcoming generations of her family.
During the war, survival became a way of life for the peasants. This was especially true for Le Ly and her family. Throughout her life, Le Ly kept close to her heart the teachings of her father. Because of her father, she was able to continue to honor her past while trying to better the conditions for future generations, provide for her family, and give her son a chance at a better life in the future. Le Ly did not forget or lose respect for her roots. If anything, she respected her roots more and came closer to her father and her ancestors.