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Many times those who benefit from their hard work fail to include those who have contributed to it Often these contributors are left out when the rewards are reaped Such is the case in The Good Earth written by Pearl S Buck in 1923 The man named Wang Lung received many dividends for his dedication to the land and to his family and in many ways he was deserving of it Throughout his life Wang Lung worked hard for the wealth and social status that became of him but he was not capable of earning it alone and therefore he did not earn it all himself In the earlier years of his life Wang Lung was humble man He had little and he needed little His house was small and it was made of great squares of earth dug from their Wang Lung and his fathers own fields and thatched with straw from their own wheat Then O-lan arrived from the great house She took much of the responsibility that Wang had once had which gave him more time to work his land and eventually buy more land When difficult times fell upon the Wang Lung family and their land they traveled south to the city Although the great fat fellow out of fear gave Wang Lung the gold which he used to return to his land it was O-lans ingenuity in searching out the jewels that made Wang Lung a wealthy man With these jewels Wang Lung bought much land from the Great House and he also hired numerous men to work this new land In his later years Wang Lung became conceited and egotistical He believed that he had achieved his wealth and prosperity alone and that he was extremely deserving of it all He had become very successful He had sons in his home a second wife a large home and many slaves Eventually he even inhabited the Great
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