Essay on The Good Earth: Wang Lung’s Changes and Challenges

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“His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him” (68). How wonderful it must be for the man to be satisfied with what he has and did for others. This man, surprisingly enough, is Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol. In the story, Scrooge, a pessimistic old miser, is haunted by four ghosts who strive to teach him what Christmas and life are all about. In doing so, he is given a second chance at life, and begins to share his newfound Christmas spirit to others. As he was haunted by the ghosts, however, Ebenezer Scrooge learns of the importance of relationships with family and friends, the reality that happiness can exist without money, and the idea that to have no regrets, you must …show more content…
Lastly, towards the end, we see a change in Scrooge; at Fred’s Christmas party, he sees it as a “wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!” (67). It is clear of Scrooge’s change, trying to start and nurture good relationships with both old and new friends. This also shows that he is beginning to socialize once more, beginning to befriend his nephew and his friends, a true sign of change in his idea of family and friends. In this lesson, Dickens shows that family and friends are important, and their relationships with you can last a lifetime.
In addition to learning about the importance of family, Scrooge also learns about the reality of money, as well as the truth that the virtue of happiness can be present without it. In the story, as Scrooge traverses through his memories of the past, he comes across Belle, his fiancée, break up with him using the words, “‘Another idol has displaced me . . . I have no just cause to grieve.’” (27). Scrooge, a young man idolizing money at this point, believes that happiness can come from money, and Belle notices it. She sees the growing greed in Scrooge’s eyes, so much that she hardly believes he would choose her, a dowerless girl, for love. However, Scrooge should have known that happiness cannot come from money alone, as he saw his boss, Fezziwig, give happiness “‘quite as great as if it cost a fortune.’” (20). Thus, Fezziwig shares joy and happiness, and it had as much, if

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