Yhe Many Faces Of Wang Lung In The Book "The Good Earth" By Pearl S. Buck

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Pearl S. Buck shows her readers the many faces of Wang Lung in her book, The Good Earth.Wang Lung is a rice farmer who gains all his wealth through the land. He struggles to move frompoverty to a well respected wealthy man. Wang Lungs character portrays a man's unselfishness,determination, and loyalty towards his family and friends.Wang Lung's caring and generous nature towards his family and friends make him a well-liked person. During the drought Wang Lung feeds the family members first and leaves what littleis left for himself. Though it is hard, Wang Lung manages to survive the drought. He feeds thefamily small portions of rice which are left over from the season. When the food runs out and thefurniture and equipment are sold, Wang Lung decides to make a harsh decision. He decides to lockup and move south. There he hopes to find food and money for his family. After a 100 mile trainride, they end up in the south. Wang Lung is delighted to find rice for only a penny. While WangLung uses the ricksha to make money for rice, the family eats and begins to regain strength. Whenall is well, Wang Lung returns home to start his life all over.Also during the drought Wang Lung spares food and money for his uncle, uncles's wifeand their son. The uncle is a poor old gambler who would rather gamble his money away than tospend it on his family. During the drought he shows up in Wang Lung's fields begging for money.At first Wang Lung refuses to dish out money to his uncle. After a time of arguementing WangLung finally gives in. He states ' 'It is cutting my flesh out to give to him and for nothing exceptthat we are of a blood' '.(46) Wang Lung is upset that he had to give money to his uncle. WangLung didn't have to give to his uncle, but by doing so he kept peace with his him.Wang Lung's persistence to succeed carries him to a higher level in life. With such anattitude he is determined to regain his wealth after the drought. On the way home from downsouth, Wang Lung used the gold he had taken from the man in the Great House to buy things forthe land. He...

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