The Good Earth | Study Guide

Pearl S. Buck

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Pearl S. Buck

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is mainly related by a third-person narrator usually limited to the point of view of Wang Lung, the protagonist. The narrator occasionally reveals inner thoughts of other characters that Wang Lung could not know.


The Good Earth is written in the past tense.

About the Title

In The Good Earth Wang Lung, a farmer, is connected to the earth for his livelihood. If it rains too little or too much, the harvest is bad and he might starve. Everything Wang Lung possesses is a result of his relationship with the land. The phrase good earth is also used to encompass Wang Lung's virtues such as humility, faithfulness, and hard work.


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