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The Good Earth Wang Lung is a very self-conscience character Throughout the novel he makes his decisions based upon the thoughts of others rather than his own Consequently many characters contribute to Wang Lungs internal struggle between his desires and his traditional values In the opening of the novel Wang Lung has chosen a wife he has never laid eyes on Before he was on his way to pick her up from the House of Hwang he and his father had a discussion on what his wife should be like Wang Lung in his heart wanted a beautiful woman and he thought It would be something to have a pretty wife that other men would congratulate him upon having 8 His father did not want Wang Lungs wife to be beautiful because he felt they were of no use and rarely ever a virgin We must have a woman who will tend the house and bear children as she works in the fields and will a pretty woman do these things8 It was only right for a farmer to have an unattractive wife with his father saying this Wang Lung agreed When Wang Lung went to the barber so he could look worthy for his bride the barber said to him This would not be a bad-looking farmer if he would cut off his hair The new fashion is to take off the braid 11 Since his braid was an important part of his family culture Wang Lung cried out I cannot cut it off without asking my father11 This reveals that his father contributed greatly to Wang Lungs decisions Wang Lung was easily persuaded to cut of his braid by Lotus when she exclaimed Now the men of the south do not have these monkey tails184 And when O-lan saw his hair she cried out You have cut off your life185 This indicates that Lotus appealed to
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