An analysis of the novel, “The Good Earth” about the Lord of the House of Wang

“The Good Earth” Wang Lung was just a simple farmer in the beginning of this book and as he got older the more power he obtained, until he became Lord of the house of Wang. Being a farmer, he relied on the earth to give him and his family all that they needed to be supported through life. I think this would have been hard for him to do and I was surprised he was able to do all that he did. O-lan was Wang Lung’s first wife who was sold to the house of Wang by her parents and then sold to Wang Lung. Her feet were not bound when she was little so she had big feet. This allowed her to be able to help out Wang Lung in the fields. She was strong and had knowledge of some things Wang Lung did not know how to do. She was helpful and loyal to Wang Lung even when he was not satisfied with her. I think the Chinese culture was too strict on the women. Wang Lung’s father, an elderly man, was bossy and conservative. He was the oldest of the Wang family alive in the book and in Chinese culture anyone older than you should be respected and treated nicely. Wang Lung took care of him at first until he was married and then O-lan took care of both of them until they could afford servants (toward the end of the book). I liked the way the Chinese respected and treated their elders. I think we should try harder to do this here in our culture too.

Wang Lung’s uncle was a lazy and greedy man. Wang Lung did not like him that much and wished that the Chinese custom of paternal relatives living with their families did not exist. The only thing his uncle was good for was preventing a local group of marauding bandits from pillaging the house of Wang because his uncle was an important official in the group. Wang Lung gets his uncle addicted to Opium which later caused his death. I think Wang Lung’s uncle represented evil in this book and he spread his evil thoughts throughout his family. I think this was wrong of him to do but it added to the story of Wang Lung’s life. The uncle’s wife had a few bad qualities about herself too. (I wondered if she gained them before or after she met her husband.) She was a big gossip and had no control over her son. She was also overweight and helped to arrange the marriage of Wang Lung to his first concubine Lotus Flower. I think Wang Lung’s aunt was too nosy. She should have stayed out of the lives of others and also should not have spread rumors or gossiped. The son of the aunt and the uncle followed their same pattern. He introduced Wang Lung’s oldest son to prostitutes which Wang Lung really disliked. He wished that his cousin was not a part of the house of Wang but since he was the son of Wang Lung’s uncle he got the right to stay by custom just as the uncle. Later he tried to seduce Wang Lung’s youngest and most beautiful daughter but Wang Lung put an end to that. Then he tried to go after Pear Blossom, a slave of Wang Lung that he liked.

Another slave volunteered to take Pear Blossom’s place just because she was so young. I think the uncle’s son was a pervert. He was also too much like his father who was greedy, selfish, and only concerned for himself. Nung En is Wang Lung’s first and oldest son. He was corrupted by his uncle (Wang Lung’s uncle’s son or Wang Lung’s cousin) by being introduced to Yang who was an ugly prostitute. Wang Lung sent his son off to school to get an education. He was then able to go to a university and learn more about agriculture, how he could make the land better for them, and how he could deal with problems that might come up. He got to apply some of his knowledge when a large swarm of locusts came down to the crops on the land. He burned them and the smoke made the rest go away. Some of the fields were burned and eaten, but burning them saved some of the other fields from being devoured by the locusts. I think that Wang Lung’s oldest son Nung En ended up despising the land because it did not mean much to him but it meant everything to his father Wang Lung. Other things could be stolen, but the land was still there for them. Nung Wen was Wang Lung’s second child and son. He was also able to receive an education, but he used what he learned about business to increase the wealth of the house of Wang. He was then made an apprentice to a grain merchant. I think Wang Lung made a bad choice to take Nung Wen out of school by making him an apprentice.

If Nung Wen had stayed in school longer, he would have learned more. Wang Lung’s third child was a girl whom he only referred to as his “poor fool.” He called her this because she was born just before a famine and did not get enough nourishment. This resulted in her never developing mentally. Throughout the book Wang Lung stuck up for her and protected her. He liked her to be around him. I felt sorry about her dilemma and thought Wang Lung was a good father to her. Wang Lung and O-lan had another daughter during the famine period. Shortly after O-lan gave birth to her daughter, she killed her because they did not have enough food for themselves, and an additional mouth to feed was too hard for them. She did not want to sell the daughter either because she felt no one should have to be brought up the way she was. I think that she did what was best for the child. The child probably would have died anyway. If the child had not died, another family member might have died of lack of food. Wang Lung later had twins, a boy and a girl. His third son also received an education after demanding it from him. After receiving somewhat of an education he became a soldier in a revolutionary army. His daughter is the one that his uncle’s son tried to seduce. To prevent his cousin from making any further advances Wang Lung placed her with Liu the grain merchant that Nung Wen was apprenticed to because she was betrothed to Liu’s son. I think people should fall in love and marry whomever they love instead of parents deciding who they are going to marry. Wang Lung was just a simple farmer in the beginning of this book and as he got older the more power he obtained, until he became Lord of the house of Wang.

Being a farmer, he relied on the earth to give him and his family all that they needed to be supported through life. I think this would have been hard for him to do and I was surprised he was able to do all that he did. O-lan was Wang Lung’s first wife who was sold to the house of Wang by her parents and then sold to Wang Lung. Her feet were not bound when she was little so she had big feet. This allowed her to be able to help out Wang Lung in the fields. She was strong and had knowledge of some things Wang Lung did not know how to do. She was helpful and loyal to Wang Lung even when he was not satisfied with her. I think the Chinese culture was too strict on the women. Wang Lung’s father, an elderly man, was bossy and conservative. He was the oldest of the Wang family alive in the book and in Chinese culture anyone older than you should be respected and treated nicely. Wang Lung took care of him at first until he was married and then O-lan took care of both of them until they could afford servants (toward the end of the book). I liked the way the Chinese respected and treated their elders. I think we should try harder to do this here in our culture too. Wang Lung’s uncle was a lazy and greedy man. Wang Lung did not like him that much and wished that the Chinese custom of paternal relatives living with their families did not exist. The only thing his uncle was good for was preventing a local group of marauding bandits from pillaging the house of Wang because his uncle was an important official in the group. Wang Lung gets his uncle addicted to Opium which later caused his death. I think Wang Lung’s uncle represented evil in this book and he spread his evil thoughts throughout his family.

I think this was wrong of him to do but it added to the story of Wang Lung’s life. The uncle’s wife had a few bad qualities about herself too. (I wondered if she gained them before or after she met her husband.) She was a big gossip and had no control over her son. She was also overweight and helped to arrange the marriage of Wang Lung to his first concubine Lotus Flower. I think Wang Lung’s aunt was too nosy. She should have stayed out of the lives of others and also should not have spread rumors or gossiped. The son of the aunt and the uncle followed their same pattern. He introduced Wang Lung’s oldest son to prostitutes which Wang Lung really disliked. He wished that his cousin was not a part of the house of Wang but since he was the son of Wang Lung’s uncle he got the right to stay by custom just as the uncle. Later he tried to seduce Wang Lung’s youngest and most beautiful daughter but Wang Lung put an end to that. Then he tried to go after Pear Blossom, a slave of Wang Lung that he liked. Another slave volunteered to take Pear Blossom’s place just because she was so young. I think the uncle’s son was a pervert. He was also too much like his father who was greedy, selfish, and only concerned for himself. Nung En is Wang Lung’s first and oldest son. He was corrupted by his uncle (Wang Lung’s uncle’s son or Wang Lung’s cousin) by being introduced to Yang who was an ugly prostitute. Wang Lung sent his son off to school to get an education. He was then able to go to a university and learn more about agriculture, how he could make the land better for them, and how he could deal with problems that might come up. He got to apply some of his knowledge when a large swarm of locusts came down to the crops on the land. He burned them and the smoke made the rest go away. Some of the fields were burned and eaten, but burning them saved some of the other fields from being devoured by the locusts. I think that Wang Lung’s oldest son Nung En ended up despising the land because it did not mean much to him but it meant everything to his father Wang Lung. Other things could be stolen, but the land was still there for them. Nung Wen was Wang Lung’s second child and son.

He was also able to receive an education, but he used what he learned about business to increase the wealth of the house of Wang. He was then made an apprentice to a grain merchant. I think Wang Lung made a bad choice to take Nung Wen out of school by making him an apprentice. If Nung Wen had stayed in school longer, he would have learned more. Wang Lung’s third child was a girl whom he only referred to as his “poor fool.” He called her this because she was born just before a famine and did not get enough nourishment. This resulted in her never developing mentally. Throughout the book Wang Lung stuck up for her and protected her. He liked her to be around him. I felt sorry about her dilemma and thought Wang Lung was a good father to her. Wang Lung and O-lan had another daughter during the famine period. Shortly after O-lan gave birth to her daughter, she killed her because they did not have enough food for themselves, and an additional mouth to feed was too hard for them. She did not want to sell the daughter either because she felt no one should have to be brought up the way she was. I think that she did what was best for the child. The child probably would have died anyway. If the child had not died, another family member might have died of lack of food. Wang Lung later had twins, a boy and a girl. His third son also received an education after demanding it from him. After receiving somewhat of an education he became a soldier in a revolutionary army. His daughter is the one that his uncle’s son tried to seduce. To prevent his cousin from making any further advances Wang Lung placed her with Liu the grain merchant that Nung Wen was apprenticed to because she was betrothed to Liu’s son.

I think people should fall in love and marry whomever they love instead of parents deciding who they are going to marry. Wang Lung was just a simple farmer in the beginning of this book and as he got older the more power he obtained, until he became Lord of the house of Wang. Being a farmer, he relied on the earth to give him and his family all that they needed to be supported through life. I think this would have been hard for him to do and I was surprised he was able to do all that he did. O-lan was Wang Lung’s first wife who was sold to the house of Wang by her parents and then sold to Wang Lung. Her feet were not bound when she was little so she had big feet. This allowed her to be able to help out Wang Lung in the fields. She was strong and had knowledge of some things Wang Lung did not know how to do. She was helpful and loyal to Wang Lung even when he was not satisfied with her. I think the Chinese culture was too strict on the women. Wang Lung’s father, an elderly man, was bossy and conservative. He was the oldest of the Wang family alive in the book and in Chinese culture anyone older than you should be respected and treated nicely. Wang Lung took care of him at first until he was married and then O-lan took care of both of them until they could afford servants (toward the end of the book). I liked the way the Chinese respected and treated their elders. I think we should try harder to do this here in our culture too. Wang Lung’s uncle was a lazy and greedy man. Wang Lung did not like him that much and wished that the Chinese custom of paternal relatives living with their families did not exist. The only thing his uncle was good for was preventing a local group of marauding bandits from pillaging the house of Wang because his uncle was an important official in the group. Wang Lung gets his uncle addicted to Opium which later caused his death. I think Wang Lung’s uncle represented evil in this book and he spread his evil thoughts throughout his family. I think this was wrong of him to do but it added to the story of Wang Lung’s life. The uncle’s wife had a few bad qualities about herself too. (I wondered if she gained them before or after she met her husband.) She was a big gossip and had no control over her son.

She was also overweight and helped to arrange the marriage of Wang Lung to his first concubine Lotus Flower. I think Wang Lung’s aunt was too nosy. She should have stayed out of the lives of others and also should not have spread rumors or gossiped. The son of the aunt and the uncle followed their same pattern. He introduced Wang Lung’s oldest son to prostitutes which Wang Lung really disliked. He wished that his cousin was not a part of the house of Wang but since he was the son of Wang Lung’s uncle he got the right to stay by custom just as the uncle. Later he tried to seduce Wang Lung’s youngest and most beautiful daughter but Wang Lung put an end to that. Then he tried to go after Pear Blossom, a slave of Wang Lung that he liked. Another slave volunteered to take Pear Blossom’s place just because she was so young. I think the uncle’s son was a pervert. He was also too much like his father who was greedy, selfish, and only concerned for himself. Nung En is Wang Lung’s first and oldest son. He was corrupted by his uncle (Wang Lung’s uncle’s son or Wang Lung’s cousin) by being introduced to Yang who was an ugly prostitute. Wang Lung sent his son off to school to get an education. He was then able to go to a university and learn more about agriculture, how he could make the land better for them, and how he could deal with problems that might come up. He got to apply some of his knowledge when a large swarm of locusts came down to the crops on the land. He burned them and the smoke made the rest go away. Some of the fields were burned and eaten, but burning them saved some of the other fields from being devoured by the locusts. I think that Wang Lung’s oldest son Nung En ended up despising the land because it did not mean much to him but it meant everything to his father Wang Lung. Other things could be stolen, but the land was still there for them. Nung Wen was Wang Lung’s second child and son. He was also able to receive an education, but he used what he learned about business to increase the wealth of the house of Wang. He was then made an apprentice to a grain merchant.

I think Wang Lung made a bad choice to take Nung Wen out of school by making him an apprentice. If Nung Wen had stayed in school longer, he would have learned more. Wang Lung’s third child was a girl whom he only referred to as his “poor fool.” He called her this because she was born just before a famine and did not get enough nourishment. This resulted in her never developing mentally. Throughout the book Wang Lung stuck up for her and protected her. He liked her to be around him. I felt sorry about her dilemma and thought Wang Lung was a good father to her. Wang Lung and O-lan had another daughter during the famine period. Shortly after O-lan gave birth to her daughter, she killed her because they did not have enough food for themselves, and an additional mouth to feed was too hard for them. She did not want to sell the daughter either because she felt no one should have to be brought up the way she was. I think that she did what was best for the child. The child probably would have died anyway. If the child had not died, another family member might have died of lack of food. Wang Lung later had twins, a boy and a girl. His third son also received an education after demanding it from him. After receiving somewhat of an education he became a soldier in a revolutionary army. His daughter is the one that his uncle’s son tried to seduce. To prevent his cousin from making any further advances Wang Lung placed her with Liu the grain merchant that Nung Wen was apprenticed to because she was betrothed to Liu’s son. I think people should fall in love and marry whomever they love instead of parents deciding who they are going to marry.

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