She works in the fields beside her husband, even on the day she bears their first son. Wang Lung now has more land than one man can handle, and he hires one of his neighbors, Ching, as overseer. Very fat, greedy and lazy. Ironically, at the end of the novel, his sons plan to sell the land as soon as they can, thus implying future corruption of the House of Wang.
I will not discuss much of these issues and will only say in passing that a different culture enabled them to see nothing wrong with things we in modern times would consider abhorrent and terrifying.
Wang Lung's concubines and servants[ edit ] Lotus Flower — Much-spoiled concubine and former prostitute.
They forget that their success lies with the land. Some critics have claimed that Pearl Buck is not writing about a Chinese farmer, but a universal farmer, one who knows that his riches and his security come from the good earth itself.
Each man, woman, son, daughter thinking about their self, their success apart from the land. The Good Earth by Pearl S. He and O-lan buy new coats for themselves and new clothes for the baby.
We ignore the Good Earth that has sustained the lives of everyone before us, and lives of this generation. Together, Wang Lung and O-lan cultivate a bountiful and profitable harvest from their land.
He feels great security with land because no one can take the land away from a person — "for nothing else is safe" except land. She no longer goes out into the fields to work but keeps the new house he has built. Chapter 16 develops the idea that the fall of the House of Hwang is concomitant with the rise of the House of Wang in the next chapters.
As always, Wang Lung's view of the gods follows the rise and fall of his own fortunes. Buck also suggests throughout the book that while human success is transitory, the earth endures forever.
And they soothed him and they said over and over, the elder son and the second son, Rest assured, our father, rest assured. Railroads in China were not constructed until the end of the 19th century, with virtually no widespread development until after In contrast, the local Hwang family is estranged from the earth because their wealth and harvests are produced by hired labor.
Also, we discover that she was astute enough to know where the people in great houses keep their riches and was able to grab a large amount of jewels. So when I picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect.
The cousin leaves to join the soldiers, and the uncle and aunt are left in the country with their pipes to console them. When the wealthy people in the town flee, the poor break into their houses.
She promises to care for his retarded daughter after his death. O-lan bears him twins, a boy and a girl, after their return from the south.In the Chinese culture of the setting of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth, there is more value placed upon boy children as they can help with the land, carry on the family name, and be valuable to.
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This concept does give a universality to the novel, but for most readers the importance of the novel lies in Pearl Buck's knowledge of China and of the Chinese. A summary of Themes in Pearl S.
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