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  • A Difference In Values - 1,051 words
    A Difference In Values A Difference in Values The House of Wang Lung rose in one generation from a family of poor farmers to a wealthy respected house in the novel The Good Earth by Pearl Buck. The dramatic change in social status causes the sons of Wang Lung to have different views and values from their father. His different treatment of each son also shapes each character. Although part of the same family the charachters demonstrate a difference in values. The father values the land, the youngest son values regognition, the middle son values wealth, and the eldest son values respect. As a result of his impoverished upbringing, Wang Lung values the land more than anything else. His obsessio ...
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  • Rough Draft: The Good Earth - 402 words
    Rough Draft: The Good Earth The Good Farmer A simple, hardworking Chinese farmer is all he is. But there is more to this simple farmer, he is not just a common character in this book, but a universal figure, an example of people that have tilled the earth throughout the ages. Wang Lung in Pearl Bucks The Good Earth is a Chinese farmer and a loving father who is grateful of the things he has. Wang Lung is a very good father with good morals and sticks to his upbringing and culture. He treats his sons well and when they misbehave or disrespect him they get what is coming to them. The only real flaw that he has as being a father is with his "poor fool", he doesnt acknowledge her because she is ...
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  • Taoist Stories - 620 words
    Taoist Stories Taoists often use anecdotes to describe and present lessons of life. For example, The Missing Axe teaches that people see only what they want to see. Another important Taoist story, The Lost Horse, proves the falseness of first impressions. Similarly, Pearl Buck expresses this idea of false impressions in The Good Earth. When Wang Lung makes judgments about other characters throughout the novel, Buck shows how ones first impressions of others can be wrong. One of Wang Lungs first impressions of O-lan is that she is worthless, but after their marriage, O-lan proves his judgment to be incorrect. When he first meets her in the House of Hwang, he immediately receives a negative im ...
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  • The Good Earth - 1,709 words
    The Good Earth The Good Earth The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck, is a tale of a farmer who rises from a commoner to a wealthy land owner. The setting is pre-Revolutionary China, sometime in the 20th century. The story is one of a farmer who becomes a wealthy man through hard work while facing droughts and floods. He becomes very rich, but forgets his true love, the earth, which got him to where he was. The mood of the story is serious. Droughts and floods affect the outcome of crops, which in turn, affect the people who need them to survive. As the story progresses, the mood changes to become more light hearted and careless. It is typical of today's society of how the main character becomes r ...
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  • The Good Earth - 496 words
    The Good Earth The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck / Historical Fiction The Good Earth is a saga about the life and death of Wang Lung. The story starts out on his wedding day as he gets ready to be marries. He is having a traditional farmer wedding in which his father has chosen his wife which he is to have many children with. In the later years in the midst of a famon they are forced to move south which was not much better than the north. A revolution broke out and during it O-lan and Wang Lung Both rummaged through the great housewhere O-lan stumbles upon a pouch of jewels. After being let go by the soldiers they are able to back to the land where there is now rain. O-lan being the loyal wife sh ...
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  • The Good Earth - 1,324 words
    The Good Earth In the critically acclaimed novel The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck depicts a humble farmer and his obedient wife O-lan. The Nobel Prize winning classic, set in late eighteenth century China, begins with Wang Lung going to the "Great House of Hwang"(49) to collect the wife that was betrothed to him by his father. Wang Lung lived with his father, wife, and five children, one of whom is mentally retarded. Although Wang Lung supplied all the physical needs for his family and upheld all the family traditions, he showed a strong insensitivity through his extra marital affairs. The story continues to portray the trials and tribulations of their life in a time when a persons livelihood c ...
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