Taoist influence in The Good Earth

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Taoist influence in The Good Earth The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a story that takes place in the early twentieth century in China. It is a novel about a man, Wang Lung, and some of the events he endures in his lifetime. This story has many references to Eastern religions and philosophies. One of the most prominent influences in this story is the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. The Good Earth relates to Taoism in a number of ways. Three ways that The Good Earth shows the influence of Taoist philosophy are the appreciation of nature, the Taoist practice of turning to nature during times of social activism , and the Taoist belief in simplicity and that money and hierarchical government are not important. The Taoist appreciation of nature plays a huge role in The Good Earth. The Taoists believe that "the order and harmony of nature is far more stable and enduring than either the power of the state or the civilized institutions constructed by human learning" (Waley 56). An early Taoist belief is the practice of Wu-wei, which is best
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