Explain why Wang Lung is a strong character.

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Wang Lung is a troubled character in many ways; however, he does exhibit elements of strength and determination.  Wang Lung has created a vision of success in his mind and strives towards this vision.  He has been embarrassed on many occasions in front of others who are wealthy, so he...

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Wang Lung is a troubled character in many ways; however, he does exhibit elements of strength and determination.  Wang Lung has created a vision of success in his mind and strives towards this vision.  He has been embarrassed on many occasions in front of others who are wealthy, so he dreams of a day when he will be wealthy also.  When the family returns from the south, Wang Lung begins to develop his land and reaps the benefits of its profits.  He believes that proving his wealth to his neighbors and others in the region will gain him respect.  As a result, he continues to pursue this lifestyle (going to the tea house, taking a second--and then a third--wife, moving into the largest home in the area) because he believes that it will make him happy.  Although his actions cause conflicting situations for other characters, Wang Lung himself may be characterized as strong for following the path that he believes will bring him happiness and success.

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