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Wang Lung, Chapter 5 and is one’s flesh and blood. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling, World Heritage Encyclopedia Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Poor Treatmentof Women O-lan embodies the long-suffering wife and the plight of women. Corrupting Powerof Wealth Idleness leads to vice and the destruction of families. Connectionto Land Humble hard work on the land and humility are the keys to a virtuous life. Themes Bought as a child slave; gentle concubine to oldWang Lung Pear Blossom Enchanting concubine; brings trouble to Wang Lung's house Lotus Former kitchen slave in the House of Hwang; dull yet faithful wife to Wang Lung O-lan Illiterate, honest farmer; rises to the status of a great lord; worries about his legacy Wang Lung Main Characters Born to Protestant missionaries, Buck spent much of the first half of her life in China. Her keen eye for detail and deep knowledge of Chinese customs led to the success of The Good Earth. It won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize and was instrumental in her winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938. PEARL S. BUCK1892–1973 Author With Pear Blossom, Old Wang Lung goes back to his good earth to die. Returning to Roots Away from his land, Wang Lung falls under the spell of a concubine. Bringing Lotus Home Young Wang Lung buys House of Hwang land, hoping it will make him great. Wang Lung’sPurchase Simple Chinese farmer Wang Lung cherishes the land and works it for his livelihood. With his wife O-lan, Wang Lung builds a fortune with hard work and resourcefulness. In his wealth, however, Wang Lung is tempted by the same vices that lead to the downfall of the great House of Hwang. ConnectingDeeply tothe Land OVERVIEW English Original Language 1931 Year Published Pearl S. Buck Author The Good Earth Historical Fiction Novel

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