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 from

poverty 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 little

is left for himself. Though it is hard, Wang Lung manages to survive the drought. He feeds the

family small portions of rice which are left over from the season. When the food runs out and the

furniture and equipment are sold, Wang Lung decides to make a harsh decision. He decides to lock

up and move south. There he hopes to find food and money for his family.

After a 100 mile train

ride, they end up in the south. Wang Lung is delighted to find rice for only a penny. While Wang

Lung uses the ricksha to make money for rice, the family eats and begins to regain strength. When

all 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 wife

and their son. The uncle is a poor old gambler who would rather gamble his money away than to

spend 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 Wang

Lung finally gives in. He states ' 'It is cutting my flesh out to...