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The Good Earth

In The Good Earth, by Pearl S, Wang Lung the main character is a poor peasant who buys a wife and moves up in the social ladder during the peasants' revolution. This story displays many major ideas of ancient Chinese culture, such as the social order, the treatment of women, and the role of the family in everyday life. At the beginning of the movie the following quote appears on the screen "The soul of a great nation is expressed in the life of its humblest people. In this simple story of a Chinese...

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December 2011 The Nature of Wang Lung All human beings show emotion, as emotions are a tell-tale sign of who somebody is, what they are to others, and how they react to different situations. When we examine the character Wang Lung from the book The Good Earth, we see an example of the purest form of the human nature working under difficult situations. Through this book, Wang Lung symbolizes “human nature,” as he shows a dynamic variety of different human attributes from the beginning to the end, such...

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In the book The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, the fall of the House of Hwang and the rise of the Wang family was shown. The story completed a "circle of life", with Wang being the center of the circle. While Wang at first was intimidated, he also looked down on the House of Hwang, he soon found that when his family became rich, his house fell onto some of the same "curses". In both houses, a lack of love for the land was highly noticeable (except for Wang Lung), opium was used, slaves were...

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The Good Earth The Good Earth depicts a famer’s journey to prosper from his land while undergoing many struggles and hardships. Farmer Wang Lung lives in a civilized village where he and the villagers work and live off the land, but when a famine strikes, this forces Wang and his family to move towards the city in search of food and money. In the busy city, that is very chaotic due to a revolution, Wang and his family must rely on begging and stealing instead of relying on the Earth. Throughout...

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The Good Earth Style Pearl Buck's style in The Good Earth has been compared to old Chinese novels. Actually, it is a simple, direct narrative style. There are no complicated techniques such as cut-back or stream of consciousness. The narrative moves along smoothly towards its conclusion. By the same token there are no complicated subplots or subthemes. Wang Lung is the central character; the actions of all the other characters relate directly to him. No one in the ...

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Breana Hagen English Honors 10 August 25, 2010 The Good Earth Discussion Questions 1. Wang Lung’s expectation of rain, the daily boiling of water for his father, and his bathing for his wedding might foreshadow the start of something new. Rain washes things away, boiling cleanses the water, and washing gets rid of unclean substances, so these things signify turning over a new leaf. 2. Wang Lung feels compelled to purchase the rice field House of Hwang because he believes that land is like...

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I survive or react if I were to be living in a famine? Alejandro Escamilla English II Pre-AP Writing Summer Assignment If you could change the outcome of the story, what change would you make? Why? If I could change the outcome of The Good Earth I would make it so that Wang Lung doesn’t die as fast and rather buries his sons and he dies at the end. I would like to do this also because I’d like for the land to stay how Wang Lung wanted it. I didn’t like the part that the kids decided to...

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Joey Jordan Good Earth The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is about a farmer named Wang Lung who goes from rags to riches. He is able to become rich from his hardworking, loyal wife named O-lan. They both work hard on the land becoming very dependent on it and Buck personifies the land, which Wang Lung owns. Personification is useful in that it shows Wang Lung’s dependency on the land to find food, money, and family connections. With personification of the land, it helps enhance the novel...

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Elaina Samelo 5th Block Ritzus The Good Earth The Good Earth, written by Pearl S. Buck, is a book about the political and social struggles of China. Since this book was published in 1931, the somewhat old-fashioned style of writing reveals the era of which it was written. Although it is apparent through the writing that this book is a little older, it has a charm that only older books can possess. It is one of the things that actually kept my attention; the old-fashioned charm. The publishing...

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The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck Essential Questions: • How does Buck portray the theme of contentment vs. greed? Can wealth destroy traditional values? • What does it take to make one truly happy? • How does literature show the effects of social class and oppression? • How does the novel explore the theme of man as a part of nature? Expectations: • The novel will be completed by April 1. • Five journal entries will be completed by April 1. • One project to...

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