Essay title: The Good Earth
Wang Lung gained an abundance of wealth by working hard.Wang Lung begins the novel as a poor, simple, young farmer who married a slave, and ends it as a wealthy, honorable man with enough money and power to own mistresses.He was so poor, on his wedding day, while Wang Lung washed himself, his father was complaining at the waste of so much water.
Even a bowl of tea was a luxury for a poor farmer. After two years of good harvests, Wang Lung earns enough silver to spare to buy more land.When Wang Lung buys a piece of land from the Hwangs, it proves that he is growing richer. Then the drought hits and the family moves south.
O-lan and the two boys have to earn money by begging. Wang Lung finds a job pulling a rickshaw, and, with effort, he is able to earn enough money to feed his family. The difficult months in the south strengthen Wang Lung’s love of the land and of hard work.
He doesn’t like the idea of begging; he prefers the backbreaking labor of pulling a rickshaw around the city. When his sons begin to steal, he is more determined than ever to return to his land and earn an honest living.When Wang Lung gets enough gold to move back to the farm, he buys more animals and builds new rooms for his house. He purchases Ching’s land and invites him to live with the family and work for them. The land is so abundant,Wang Lung must hire more workers, and he puts Ching in charge of them.His laborers take care of everything that needs to be done.
Wang Lung is blessed with a number of good harvests.He is able to store enough food and money to take care of the family duringbad harvest years. He lives a life of success, he builds a new house, and he had enough money to send his two eldest sons to school.At school, the boys are called “Nung En” and “Nung Wen.” Nung means “one whose wealth is from the earth.” At the end of the novel, Wang Lung’s son suggests to rent the House of Hwang.Wang Lung agrees, and although he did not even know he wanted it, Wang Lung is deeply satisfied to live in the house.For.