The Good Earth Thesis

By Hope Williams, on 3/25/98.

The Good Earth is essentially the story of one man, Wang Lung; his life and his struggle to find happiness and peace. His true love is the land, but this love becomes diluted by his desire for wealth and power. Growing up a poor farmer, Wang Lung longs for more land and more money; he wants to be like the rich lord in town. He thinks that this will make him happy and give him peace. After finding his "pot of gold," he discovers that riches do not bring him happiness and peace, but only more problems and heavier burdens. Wang Lung realizes that there are some things that no amount of money can buy. In the end, Wang Lung finds true happiness and peace only in the land; his beautiful, rich and giving soil is worth more than all the gold and silver in the world.

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