A prominent theme of The Good Earth is that people are created to work and to use their bodies in a way that allows them to see the fruits of their labor. When people lose connection to work, and when they become idle in their creativity, they lose connection to life and to others. Reread the last 3 paragraphs of chapter 21. It seems the only place Wang Lung feels free is when he is working his land. “Then a voice cried out in him, a voice deeper than love cried out in him for his land. And he heard it above every other voice in his life…”
First, do you agree with Buck’s theme that work is essential to happiness? Second, in what “work” (such as a job, a chore, a hobby, a creative task, etc.) do you find satisfaction?
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The whole purpose of this assignment - whether you're reacting to an idea, sharing your own story, or analyzing the reading - is to discuss the ultimate issues of life. With that in mind, make sure that in your response you: