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In the novel The Good Earth there are not many admirable characters Several characters in the book are greedy and selfish such as Wang Lungs uncle Wangs uncle uses threats to get what he desires He uses his status of being second in command of a group of robbers to scare Wang into taking care of him and his family Even those in Wangs own family have a difficulty acting admirably Wangs own sons plan to sell a plethora of Wangs land in the near future after his death ending the legacy that he had built up all through the novel Though faced with these corrupt incidents Wang Lungs wife O-lan remains the most admirable character during the course of the story O-lan first comes into the story when Wang Lungs father buys her from the House of Hwang to be Wangs wife The father buys O-lan because she has no beauty and a woman without beauty will not want expensive possessions or pampering O-lan turns out to be very helpful and accommodating As soon as she arrives she immediately sets herself to work Every morning O-lan gets up and brings Wangs father warm water and food and does daily chores without being asked During planting season she goes out to the fields to where Wang is and begins to work beside him She does this all through her first three pregnancies without complaintLater on in the book when Wang Lung becomes poor due to a great famine O-lan remains beside him She is on her fourth pregnancy but ends up smothering the child because it is a female and due to the famine they would be unable to keep her alive and nourish her Though this may be argued not to be an admirable incident O-lan knew that the child wouldnt survive in the harsh conditions and did not want her to suffer as the other children in the family were As the famine
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