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In Chapter 5 of The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, Wang Lung declares, "Land is one's flesh and blood." Clearly, then, Wang Lung perceives land as that which sustains all life, for from the land he...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011, 6:26 am (UTC)

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Spring signals a new beginning to Wang Lung in The Good Earth because his life, hopes, and dreams are tied directly to his land. As a farmer, Wang Lung's livelihood comes from the profit that he...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 10:27 pm (UTC)

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In The Good Earth, Wang Lung and O-lan still manage to pack up their family and travel south even though they are really weak. The two realize that their land will not support them, so they feel...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2010, 7:25 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 5 which is when O-Lan begins to use some of the best lard and flour to make some special cakes. When Wang Lung asks her what she is doing, O-Lan...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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Wang Lung and his father are poor wheat farmers who live together in a brick house with a thatched roof and three bedrooms in a rural area of China. Wang Lung's mother died six years ago, and ever...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2012, 10:47 am (UTC)

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Perhaps the most memorable character in the novel,O-lan is representative of the woman of traditional China. In Chapter 1, When she is purchased by Wang Lung, whose father has cautioned him not to...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2013, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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The tension in the statement is seen in Wang Lung's journey through life. While he and his family are in the city in the south, Wang Lung meets many rich people and he witnesses the open market...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2010, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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In Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, the protagonist Wang Lung and his family are farmers who must rely on the earth for their survival. Wang Lung and his family had always been relatively poor and...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2010, 9:47 am (UTC)

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With revolution in the air and confusion and fear abounding, the gift of money from the fearful man to Wang Lung contributes greatly to his fortune. For, the next day Wang Lung and his family...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2010, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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For O-lan, the two pearls represent the only time in her life when she had something of her own. Most of O-lan's life has been devoted to hard work, raising the children, and catering to her...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019, 7:25 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 7 of The Good Earth, Wang Lung's third child is born to him and O-lan. But this time, O-lan tells her husband not to get excited because the child is a girl. Hearing this news, Wang...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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I believe the practice of binding girls' feet in order to make them tiny and deformed was primarily intended to make it nearly impossible for women to leave their homes. Walking was uncomfortable....

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012, 1:56 pm (UTC)

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In The Good Earth, Wang Lung and O-lan do not fall on hard times through any fault of their own. The farmers in Wang Lung's area are greatly affected by drought, and they cannot sustain themselves...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2010, 3:58 am (UTC)

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On his wedding day, before he goes to town to bring home his wife, Wang Lung does the following. He builds the fire, realizing this is the last time he will have to do it himself. He boils water...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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Wang Lung's father is of a generation who traditionally relied on the earth to provide for its needs. He also belongs to a generation who worked hard in its youth and prime to provide for a family...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2013, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck, is set China and its protagonist is a poor farmer named Wang Lung. He wants a wife to do the household chores while he works in the fields; however, he is so poor...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012, 3:42 pm (UTC)

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Wang Lung always goes out of his way to please his uncle, even though he's a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work. This is due to the young man's attachment to ancient Chinese traditions, which...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019, 5:55 am (UTC)

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I think it is best to make the distinction that in The Good Earth, Wang Lung treats women in his family as if they are insignificant--they are not insignificant in and of themselves. For example,...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2010, 2:24 am (UTC)

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After Wang Lung has brought his concubine Lotus home, he says to himself that "peace (is) in his house". The moment of perceived calm is soon disrupted, however, when his oldest son, petulant and...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2009, 6:08 am (UTC)

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Wang aptly demonstrates the reality of the eternal link between peasant and land, which is Buck's theme, when he insists that his sons begin field labor at an early age. Wang believes this is the...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2013, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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In the first chapter of The Good Earth, Wang Lung prepares for his marriage to O-lan. He has gone to the House of Hwang to buy one of the servant girls to wed. He says that he does not want a...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 9:15 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2010, 7:33 am (UTC)

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On the one hand, Wang Lung loves his eldest son, Nung En, and is very proud of him. Nung En has grown up without the poverty that his mother and father experienced, and this gives Wang Lung...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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In The Good Earth, Pearl Buck constructs the novel to show a low sentiment towards women in Chinese culture. Several aspects of the novel suggest this low regard. First, the gender of Wang Lung...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2010, 8:46 am (UTC)

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Girl children are not cherished in Wang Lung's time and culture because they do not serve to increase the prosperity of the family. When the family is on the brink of starvation, O-lan wants to...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 10:04 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure what you're needing here. Are you asking for advice or suggestions for a material to "green up" our environment? Are you asking for help in making your school more...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2008, 7:33 am (UTC)

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Here are some considerations in an approach to relating what The Good Earth is about: After having read the novel, what themes and ideas resound in your mind? What do reviews on this novel remark...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013, 1:29 am (UTC)

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For the most part, the lives of the women in The Good Earth are far from "good." Buck constructs a vision where the woman of the context really struggles. The critical element to women's lives in...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2014, 7:50 am (UTC)

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I think that Buck depicts Wang Lung as a man capable of the greatest of successes and the most humbling of failures. Simply put, both elements are at play. Buck does not skimp on depicting both...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2014, 8:08 am (UTC)

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In the Chinese culture of the setting of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth, there is more value placed upon boy children as they can help with the land, carry on the family name, and be valuable to...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011, 2:14 am (UTC)

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Wang Lung is a Chinese man who is an only child born to a lower-middle class family. At the beginning of the story, Wang Lung lives with only his aging father, but is preparing to receive his...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2009, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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The entire conflict of The Good Earth revolves around Wang Lung's attempt to remain humble, virtuous, and hard-working after becoming quite wealthy from the land upon which he had tirelessly and...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019, 5:07 pm (UTC)

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In The Good Earth, Wang Lung is both fascinated and repulsed by life in the city. He and his family live in extreme poverty and must try to get handouts of food among so many others who are...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 5:57 am (UTC)

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City life is very different from the rural life that Wang Lung and his family knew before they moved to Kiangsu out of need and desperation. In particular, what disturbs Wang Lung greatly is the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of Chapter 5, the family is preparing for New Year's celebrations. Because Wang Lung now has a store of disposable money, he goes to the shops and buys notions that he has never...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 4:00 am (UTC)

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In The Good Earth, Wang Lung and his family have had to move south to look for food and work. In the city, Wang Lung joins the masses of poor laborers who are also looking for a way to sustain...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2010, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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The time and place of The Good Earth is never explicitly stated, but using certain context clues, the time and place can be very closely inferred. The book opens with a focus on a single peasant...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2013, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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A movie version starring Paul Muni and Luise Rainer came out in 1937. You can find information about it at the web sites linked below, especially at the eNotes Videohound Movie Retriever site. You...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2008, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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In the part of the book where this happens, Wang Lung is in the city of Kiangsu (a fictional name). Wang Lung is working as someone who pulls a rickshaw. He does not know how to read or write....

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010, 11:52 am (UTC)

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In The Good Earth, when Wang Lung's family moves south, they are forced to work and beg in the city to make money to eat. Wang Lung eventually gets a job as a rickshaw driver, and in this...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2010, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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Wang Lung is disgusted with his uncle's crooked ways, but has no choice to lend him money because of his familial obligation to him. In traditional Chinese culture, respecting your older family...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011, 7:05 am (UTC)

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This is certainly subjective, and readers will argue for the significance of multiple quotations depending on the interpretive reading that they have given the chapter. That said, in my reading,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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