History Literature / TheGoodEarth

13th Jan '18 4:46:19 PM snichols1973
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* FourIsDeath: In the movie version, when Wang Lung asks about the fourth child crying, O-Lan emerges from the room and tells him the child is dead.


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* FourIsDeath: When Wang Lung asks about the recently born fourth child crying, O-Lan emerges from the room and tells him the child is dead.
12th Jan '18 6:58:28 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Good Earth'' is a novel by Creator/PearlSBuck, first published in 1931. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932, and topped the best-seller lists in the United States for 1932 ''and'' 1933. It is the first, and much the best known, book in a trilogy which continues in ''Sons'' (1932) and ''A House Divided'' (1935). Though Buck was an American, she spent most of her early life in China, and ''The Good Earth'' is credited with doing much to humanise and demythologise China and Chinese people to Americans. By contrast, the book's unflinching depiction of some of the grimmer aspects of life in China have made it less than popular there.

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''The Good Earth'' is a novel by Creator/PearlSBuck, first published in 1931. It won the Pulitzer Prize UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize in 1932, and topped the best-seller lists in the United States for 1932 ''and'' 1933. It is the first, and much the best known, book in a trilogy which continues in ''Sons'' (1932) and ''A House Divided'' (1935). Though Buck was an American, she spent most of her early life in China, and ''The Good Earth'' is credited with doing much to humanise and demythologise China and Chinese people to Americans. By contrast, the book's unflinching depiction of some of the grimmer aspects of life in China have made it less than popular there.
12th Jan '18 6:58:05 PM Mdumas43073
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12th Jan '18 6:57:49 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Good Earth'' was adapted for the stage in 1932, and a film version was released in 1937. The film starred Paul Muni as Wang Lung. For her role as his wife O-Lan, Luise Rainer won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actress. The film also won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Despite Pearl Buck's objections, all the leading roles were given to white actors in {{yellowface}}.

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''The Good Earth'' was adapted for the stage in 1932, and a film version was released in 1937. The film film, directed by Sidney Franklin, starred Paul Muni as Wang Lung. For her role as his wife O-Lan, Luise Rainer won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actress. The film also won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Despite Pearl Buck's objections, all the leading roles were given to white actors in {{yellowface}}.
12th Jan '18 3:26:06 PM snichols1973
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* FourIsDeath: In the movie version, when Wang Lung asks about the fourth child crying, O-Lan emerges from the room and tells him the child is dead.
9th Oct '17 6:19:47 PM NubianSatyress
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* TopWife: Played extremely realistically and dramatically as part of the protagonist's moral decline. After living for years in poverty with his devoted wife O-Lan, Wang Lung later becomes a wealthy man and uses that wealth to buy two concubines--including a former prostitute named Lotus. Lotus becomes the clear favorite to the point that Lung takes two pearls he knew O-Lan loved and fashions them into earrings for Lotus. It's only on O-Lan's deathbed that he gives her attention again.
6th Oct '17 10:21:13 PM DrOO7
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* SexyDiscretionShot: Wang Lung arrives at Lotus's room in the brothel and piteously declares, "I do not know anything! Teach me!"
--> And she taught him.


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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: O-lan repeatedly cites how the beautiful servant girls were raped by their masters if not outright sold into prostitution. Indeed, this was Lotus's fate.
1st Oct '17 3:53:22 AM ACW
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* HateSink: While Wang Lung himself is no prize, he's not necessarily a ''bad'' guy, so much as he is a bit selfish and overly ambitious. His ''uncle'', on the other hand, is a monster--he speaks cruelly towards both Wang Lung and his family, is implied to have ''eaten his own children'' during a famine and before his death of opium addiction, he's stated to have joined (and implicitly be leading) a gang that steals, kills, rapes and pillages. The only thing keeping him from being listed as a CompleteMonster is the fact that most of his antics [[OffstageVillainy take place offscreen]].

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* HateSink: While Wang Lung himself is no prize, he's not necessarily a ''bad'' guy, so much as he is a bit selfish and overly ambitious. His ''uncle'', on the other hand, is a monster--he speaks cruelly towards both Wang Lung and his family, is implied to have ''eaten his own children'' during a famine and before his death of opium addiction, he's stated to have joined (and implicitly be leading) a gang that steals, kills, rapes and pillages. The only thing keeping him from being listed as a CompleteMonster is the fact that most of his antics [[OffstageVillainy take place offscreen]].
28th Sep '17 9:12:52 AM CJCroen1393
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* HateSink: While Wang Lung himself is no prize, he's not necessarily a ''bad'' guy, so much as he is a bit selfish and overly ambitious. His ''uncle'', on the other hand, is a monster--he speaks cruelly towards both Wang Lung and his family, is implied to have ''eaten his own children'' during a famine and before his death of opium addiction, he's stated to have joined (and implicitly be leading) a gang that steals, kills, rapes and pillages. The only thing keeping him from being listed as a CompleteMonster is the fact that most of his antics [[OffstageVillainy take place offscreen]].
29th Aug '17 12:25:17 PM Nopperabo
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* Wang Lung is kind to Poor Fool, who is ignored by almost everyone in the household. For example, he takes delight in Poor Fool's love of sticky barley candy.

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* ** Wang Lung is kind to Poor Fool, who is ignored by almost everyone in the household. For example, he takes delight in Poor Fool's love of sticky barley candy.
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