Finally, there is a tremendous uproar. Family. From other embittered city dwellers, Wang Lung also learns about economic injustice. Wang Lung was a farmer who lived on that land. Social Status. selling their surviving daughter as a slave. His intended bride, O-lan, is a slave in the prosperous House of Hwang. With his son's help, he neatly dispatches of the problem of his uncle's family -- he will keep them in an opium-induced stupor for the rest of their days. The film stars Paul Muni as Wang Lung. Thus each son expresses a half of Wang Lung -- his eldest captures his ambition for beautiful things, his younger captures his business-sense and work ethic. Then one day, rumors of war begin to circulate in the city and news of an advancing enemy cause unrest. He becomes obsessed with Lotus, a beautiful, Wang Lung’s new wealth Wang Lung and his family move into town and rent the old House of Hwang. The Good Earth is a story of a farmer, Wang Lung. He finds fault with O-lan’s appearance and cruelly criticizes her Once there, they set up a flimsy hut against the walls of a rich man’s house. Wang Lung's father – An old, parsimonious senior who seems to only want his tea, food, and grandsons. But while his fields thrive, Wang Lung's house continues to attract trouble. Desperate to gain affection from Lotus, he gives O-Lan's pearls to Lotus. Its world premiere was at the elegant Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. With Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch. Copyright © 1999 - 2020 GradeSaver LLC. Wang Lung goes from the small farm where he lives with his father to the great house of old lord Hwang. Wang Lung is a poor young farmer in Now he will own the Great House and rule over a vast farming operation. She strangles the second girl because there One day as he passes the temple of the earth, Wang Lung looks at it with scorn. Pear Blossom – Bought as a young girl, she serves as a slave to Lotus. This page was last edited on 14 October 2020, at 00:48. The Good Earth Summary. About this time, Wang Lung realizes that his first daughter is mentally handicapped. To own this land gives him special satisfaction because it belonged to the family of which O-lan was formerly a slave. Lung loves the child dearly. Wang Lung’s father endeavors to find him a suitable wife but he insists that she be unattractive, worrying that a pretty girl will be less likely to still have her virginity. Rather than have him pursue the household woman, the family decides to give him a woman. The Good Earth Summary The Good Earth is a family saga centered on the figure of Wang Lung, a simple farmer in the village of Anhwei. Even though O-lan is gone, note how her wise presence abides. The novel opens on Wang Lung's wedding day, when Wang Lung arrives at the Great House of Hwang to claim his bride. Wang Lung worries that he has betrayed the gods of the land and the death of Ching a short while later seems to be a sign of this disloyalty. the Hwangs sell another tract of land to Wang Lung. money despite knowing that the money will be wasted on drinking This windfall allows the family to go home and prosper once more. Bored and dissatisfied, he begins to criticize O-lan for her unattractiveness. However, these good times do not last. Not affiliated with Harvard College. The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck. He has thrived in his business and wishes to have a wife more like his mother than Lotus. Wang Lung loans them money at high interest, with their land as security. Wang Lung’s children begin to rebel against the life that he has planned out for them and decide that they don’t want to be farmers and, furthermore that they intend to sell the land he has worked all his life after he dies. Wang Lung, though he has neglected his sons somewhat, shows himself capable of cooperating with them and acceptig their counsel, which speaks well for the future. He beings to give into his sons demands that the family make an elaborate show of their wealth and power and takes a young concubine. There is talk in the village about his prosperity, and with that Wang Lung's mooching uncle comes around and asks for money. The neighbors – with O-lan among them – invade the wealthy house against whose walls their poor huts are built, to steal whatever they can. For instance, the money in the walls of Wang Lung's house reflects back on her initial decision to hide their silver. Together, Wang Lung and O-lan cultivate a bountiful and opium addicts. O-Lan delivers three sons and three daughters; the first daughter becomes mentally handicapped as a result of severe malnutrition brought on by famine. Wang Lung is happy in his life with O-lan. As he nears the end of his life, Wang Lung gives Pear Blossom a vial of poison to fed to his mentally handicapped daughter after he dies so that she will not have to live without him under someone elses care. He is happy that she seems to like him and feel a measure of kindness toward him. O-lan and Wang Lung’s father are buried at once during a joint funeral service. Hated by O-Lan because she was cruel to her in the Hwang House. Thus begins their life together. moves into it with his family, leaving his own house to his uncle’s O-Lan kills her second daughter at birth to spare her the misery of growing up in such hard times, and to give the remaining family a better chance to survive. Wang Lung uses this money to bring the family home, buy a new ox and farm tools, and hire servants to work the land for him. Meanwhile, his eldest son is wary of his cousin, who has been checking out his wife. Wang Lung shouts out that if they sell the land it will be the end. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of The Good Earth. The Good Earth is a 1937 American drama film about Chinese farmers who struggle to survive. Nung En (Eldest Son) – he is a fat, goodly, respectful boy who Wang Lung is very proud of. Other villagers offer to sell Wang Lung their daughters. and do not have his devotion to the land. Wang Lung’s father complains about the cost of their wedding feast but Wang Lung knows that the older man is secretly happy to have guests on a good occasion. The sons have been raised without knowing the value of the land, all they know are monetary riches. O-lan and Wang Lung are Wang Lung steals a rich man's gold. an intense animosity toward one another. Wang Lung’s children – three sons and two daughters. When Wang Lung discovers that Lotus has seduced Younger Son (Roland Lui), he orders his son to leave. That night, they consummate the marriage. After a time, O-lan takes her healthy toddler to the great house of Hwang to show him off to her former masters. A healthy grandson is born shortly after this. Buck, who grew up in China as the daughter of missionaries, wrote the book while living in China … [7], The film's 1936 production lasted from February 28 to July 23. It disappeared after the exhibit, and in a memoir (1966), Buck is said to have written, "The devil has it. and gambling. Summer arrives and those displaced by the famine return. Meanwhile, to lessen the demands of his uncle The House of Hwang, a family of wealthy landowners, lives in the nearby town, where Wang Lung's future wife, O-Lan, lives as a slave. They find themselves aliens among their more metropolitan countrymen who look different and speak in a fast accent. Wang Lung's lecherous nephew continues to eye his eldest son's wife as well as his servants. Wang Lung is forced to take his family to a southern city for the While his sons are visiting him one day, he overhears them discussing selling his land. The couple work hard in the fields, and O-lan gives birth to their first son and heir. Wang Lung agrees and departs with O-lan, now "his woman.". Then a swarm of locusts threatens the entire village. Before the couple leave together, the old mistress requests that O-lan bring their first child to see her. He finds his oldest son has now grown up and concludes the arrangement for a future marriage to the daughter of a rich man from the town. Using a strategy devised by Elder Son (Keye Luke), everyone unites to try to save the crops.

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