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In The Good Earth, what does Wang Lung do with his eldest son because of his moodiness...

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aabbanna435 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 10, 2011 at 1:53 AM via web

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In The Good Earth, what does Wang Lung do with his eldest son because of his moodiness and restlessness?

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giggles20 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2011 at 1:27 PM (Answer #1)

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Wang Lung let him go into the school in the South.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM (Answer #2)

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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 22, which is when O-Lan tells Wang Lung the reason for his eldest son's strange behaviour as he misses more and more school and comes to behave in a way that is  more and more bizarre and odd. For O-Lan, the solution to this problem is easy. When she worked in the Old Lord's house, when his sons began to act in this way, he found a female slave for them so that they could get rid of their sexual frustration. Wang Lung decides to hatch a different plan in order to help his son:

I will betroth him and we will marry him early, and there is that to be done.

Wang Lung therefore decides to try and end his eldest son's restlessness by finding a wife for him to become betrothed to and then marrying him so that he can dispense with his sexual frustrations. 

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