Characters[ edit ] Wang Lung — poor, hard-working farmer born and raised in a small village of Anhwei. She strikes her sons when they laugh about begging, and is strongly implied to have committed infanticide when she gave birth during the famine.
Most of the first generation characters are either peasants or former slaves, and are thus uneducated and illiterate. They say that they will do as he wishes but smile knowingly at each other. If they had, Americans would have been fighting in Asia long before O-Lan is enraged when her young songs laugh about begging during the famine.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: So when I picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect. Wang Lung assumes O-lan is slow and stupid because she doesn't speak or emote much, and so is often surprised when she displays moments of cunning, prudence, resourcefulness, insightand passion.
By the time of Wang Lung's death, she was to be cared for by Pear Blossom. She even tells Wang Lung that if it were up to her, she'd sooner kill her own daughters than sell them into slavery during a famine.
Wang Lung asks if that was the case for all the girl slaves, and she responds "Aye, beaten or carried to a man's bed".
Suspected of Wang Lung's aunt and uncle during a period of famine: O-Lan sees the selling of a daughter into slavery as this, since that's what her parents did to her.
Extended family[ edit ] Wang Lung's Uncle — A sly, lazy man who is secretly one of the leaders of a band of thieves known as the Redbeards. He conveniently forgets that this caused her breasts to sag as she got older, which he threw in her face when he left her bed for Lotus's. Like Father, Like Son: Men had absolute authority over their wives, concubines, and children.
Like her husband and son, she is lazy and manipulative. The phrase "well, and" is at the beginning of about half the passages of dialogue in the novel. In the film he has just one scene at the beginning.
And they soothed him and they said over and over, the elder son and the second son, Rest assured, our father, rest assured. Wang Lung then faces the long journey south, contemplating how the family will survive walking, when he discovers that the "firewagon" the Chinese word for the newly built train takes people south for a fee.
The soft-hearted Wang Lung feels sorry for his daughter, who is having her feet bound, and she mentions that her mother has told her that it must be done or that she will never be loved by her future husband; "even as you do not love her".
When a mob of poor people riots during the famine, she joins them and steals jewels from a wealthy household. Wang Lung beats his son for stealing meat during their time in poverty.
After the famine kills Ching's family, Ching sells his land to Wang Lung and comes to work for Wang Lung as his foreman. When Wang Lung sees that they both become too lethargic to make demands when high on opium, he opts to have his sons give them as much as they want until they eventually die from it.
Wang Lung's third son runs away to become a soldier. In the city, O-Lan and the children beg while Wang Lung pulls a rickshaw. I am engrossed by her writing, her message, her book.
After she marries Wang Lung, she achieves a respectable position as the mother of three sons. Plot[ edit ] The story begins on Wang Lung 's wedding day and follows the rise and fall of his fortunes. Cuckoo was beautiful in her youth, so the Old Master took her as his concubine while O-lan worked as a kitchen slave.
She ends up getting fat.
Invoked because Wang Lung notices their addictions and sends his sons to give them more. It's the first time readers see her show strong emotion. Nice to the Waiter: As his lifestyle changes he begins to indulge in the pleasures his wealth can buy—he purchases a concubine named Lotus. When Wang Lung asks about the recently born fourth child crying, O-Lan emerges from the room and tells him the child is dead.The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S.
Buck, first published in It won the Pulitzer Prize inand topped the best-seller lists in the United States for and It is the first, and much the best known, book in a trilogy which continues in Sons () and A House Divided ( There is absolute truth in these words, if one was in rural, turn-of-the-century China.
These wise words, quoted by the main character Wang Lung, come from Pearl S. Buck’s enlightening historical fiction, The Good Earth. In the story, Wang Lung, a poor young farmer, marries a slave of the powerful Hwang.
The Good Earth Trilogy by Pearl S. Buck Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari I read The Good Earth during my early college days, and I was captivated by the prose, which was full of words not common among my peers/5. The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S.
Buck published in and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in The best-selling novel in the United States in both and was an influential factor in Buck's winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in /5.
Pearl S. Buck & The Good Earth The Good Earth, written by Pearl S.
Buck, is a historical fiction novel that was published on March 2, A year later it won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel.
The Good Earth tells the saga of one man’s life in peasant China.
I assumed it was the late s, but the time period was hard to place. In the first scene, Wang Lung is a very poor farmer on his wedding day, about to marry a slave girl from the great house of Hwang.Download