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What would The Good Earth be without the good earth Nothing Pearl Bucks novel was chocked full of mentions of the good earth The good earth is obviously the central theme in this novel Wang Lung and his family are tied to the good earth throughout the book Even when the family was not living on the land the reader could still identify the strong ties that the family had to the land It is almost ironic that the book begins with Wang Lung on his land and after all that Wang Lung and his family have gone through the book ends at exactly the same place it began with Wang Lung on his land But Wang Lungs relationship with the land changes At the beginning of the book Wang Lung depends on the land for survival and at the end he still depends on it for survival but in a different way While not living on his land Lungs mind was consumed with thoughts of the good earth To Wang Lung his land is everything Wang Lungs only reverence about leaving to go to the South for the winter because of the famine is that hes worried about his land When Wang Lung buys and moves into the House of Hwang he still misses and longs for his land When he thinks his sons are not behaving properly he tells them that they should spend more time working on the land and farming Before Wang Lung dies he moves back to his humble country house to be able to walk on the earth and inhale the smell of it into his lungs The good earth was a source of much of Wang Lungs prosperity Wang Lung had always been a poor and humble farmer The only thing Wang Lung had to his name was his small parcel of land His land meant everything in the world to him When Wang Lung returned
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