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Wang Lungs life story serves as a study of traditional values Wang Lung is intensely devoted to traditional Chinese respectful dedication so he exhibits utter respect and obedience to the older generation even when his greedy lazy uncle abuses the system The sense of superiority toward the Chinese is common among the families he brings about the authority of men over woman Although he does not show it in a strong inferior manner he does display it When Wang Lung first met O-Lan they exchange few words but are pleased with one another Although Wang Lung does not see O-Lan as beautiful he is overjoyed with the thought of him and her starting a family He begins to find fault with O-Lans appearance and cruelly criticizes her for having big feet He is a typical man who searches for outer beauty instead of her inner beauty Yet he is pleased to have her work so hard as a woman should in China But When O-Lan becomes terminally ill Wang Lung regrets his cruel words and comes to appreciate everything she has done or him Through O-Lan Buck emphasizes the crucial financial contributions women make to their families And yet in Wang Lungs rejection of O-Lan she also demonstrates how ironically the value men place on a woman is inversely equivalent to that womans ability to be helpful and productive On the birth of there first daughter Wang Lung was disappointed to know it was a girl but she turns out to be severely retarded and never learns to speak Wang Lung develops a strong attachment to her Although its Ironic to see a man grow a relationship with there daughter in living in such a country it does happen to Wang Lung He loved his Poor Little Fool so much he does not want to leave her behind when he dies He asks Pear Blossom to poison her to death after he
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