An analysis of the main character wang lung in the good earth by pearl s buck

Now, there's a downside of being a down-to-earth farmer: naivety. He says that he would rather starve than eat something stolen. Wang Lung then faces the long journey south, contemplating how the family will survive walking, when he discovers that the "firewagon" the Chinese word for the newly built train takes people south for a fee.


When the Great House falls into decline he is among the band of robbers that raids the house. When we first meet him, preparing for his wedding day, he takes his bath water and returns it to the good earth. He desires grandchildren to comfort him in his old age and becomes exceedingly needy and senile as the novel progresses.

O-Lan's morale suffers, and she eventually dies but not before witnessing her first son's wedding. A woman of few words, she is uneducated but nonetheless is valuable to Wang Lung for her skills, good sense, and indomitable work ethic.

Wang lung the good earth

Buck elucidates the character of Wang Lung in many ways. For this reason, he is in need of someone to be a nurse to him. He loves his land, he's a hard worker farmers who don't work hard starve, after all , and he's pretty innocent about the ways of the fancy town people. He then decides to go to war and become a soldier, and pays his family an unwelcome visit with his troop when they come through town. She embodies the giving qualities of the earth. Pear Blossom — Bought as a young girl, she serves as a slave to Lotus. Wang Lung develops a strong attachment to her and worries about what will become of her after his death. O-Lan, however, calmly picks up the meat and cooks it. Nevertheless, she is hardworking and self-sacrificing. This story is Wang Lung's story, so in the end it's the story of one man's love affair with his land. The Poor Fool — first daughter and third child of O-lan and Wang Lung, whose mental handicap is caused by severe starvation during her infancy. When the house goes into decline she dies from her opium addiction.

Wang Lung's second son Crafty, thrifty, and industrious, Wang Lung's second son becomes a grain merchant. This want of wealth and status is something that Wang lung passes down to his sons.

Her feet are large and thus considered unattractive. That's true. Wang Lung finally appreciates her place in his life as he mourns her passing. She is retarded and never learns to speak.

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