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All of the Following information can be found at httpwwwkutztownedufacultyreaganbuckhtml The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck A book about Chinese culture and life Wang Lung is the central figure in the Good Earth He is a simple hard-working Chinese farmer The portrayal of Wang Lungs character is starkly frank His strengths and weaknesses are candidly examined and bared before the reader and while on the basis of a superficial reading he might appear to be a one-dimensional figure he runs the whole gamut of human emotions Doyle 35 He can be gauche and timidstubborn and resoluteservile and pusillanimoustender and gentlea complete foolincredibly inconsiderate and unfeelingsnobbish and hard-heartedidle and restless dedicated and industrious Many sources mention that he is not just a Chinese peasant but a universal one an example of people who have tilled the earth throughout the ages Wang Lung is a hard working man with the flaws of any human being The reader can relate to his strife hardships and way of life httpwwwkutztownedufacultyreaganbuckhtml O-lan is Wang Lungs wife in the novel She reveals very little about herself with words but she reveals her thoughts and feelings through her actions She is a traditional woman who partakes in the traditional role in the home She is taken for granted by her husband but she still takes pride in her work O-lan sees her self as sharing in a joint enterprise About China Before the Revolution Themes The main theme of The Good Earth is the earth itself Though the plot involves the troubles and experiences of a peasant family rising from poverty to riches the deeper meaning of the story emerges the life-sustaining bond of human beings with the land Wangs sole source of stability is the land He receives the wealth of tradition from it it provides his family with a place to live
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