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20th Mar '16 8:26:13 PM gallium
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* BookEnds: The movie begins with Wang Lung's wedding and ends with his son's wedding.


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* TheSwarm: The big climax has Wang Lung and the villagers setting fires in an attempt to ward off a horde of locusts that threaten to eat their entire harvest.
18th Mar '16 10:37:52 PM gallium
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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: O-Lan's illness, which she refers to as "a fire in my vitals": likely cancer.
** All but confirmed as uterine cancer, when the doctor refers to "a rock the size of a man's head in the womb".

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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: O-Lan's illness, which she refers to as "a fire in my vitals": likely cancer.
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cancer. All but confirmed as uterine cancer, when the doctor refers to "a rock the size of a man's head in the womb".


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!!Tropes unique to the 1937 film:

* BladeOfGrassCut: Some closeups of stalks of wheat.
* CirclingVultures: They aren't circling. But vultures are seen perched next to a dead dog during the drought, and they are perched and waiting a couple of shots later after the camera catches dead refugees in various states of decomposition along the roads.
* TemptingFate: Wang Lung starts bragging about his fine sons and his five fields and how everything is awesome. His wife recoils in superstitious fear. Right after this a devastating drought strikes.
* TimeSkip: Multiple time skips shown by the tree O-lan plants in the yard--first a seed, then a sapling, then a full-grown tree.


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25th Nov '15 9:41:05 PM Sweeper1985
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* OffingTheOffspring: A particularly tragic example, when O-lan is implied to have killed her newborn daughter during the famine.
25th Nov '15 9:35:20 PM Sweeper1985
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** Played with to some extent. Wang Lung never questions his right to take a concubine, and never thinks about the impact it has on O-lan until the day that his young daughter accidentally drops a Truth Bomb on him. The soft-hearted Wang Lung feels sorry for his daughter, who is having her feet bound, and she mentions that her mother has told her that it must be done or that she will never have a husband that loves her, "even as you do not love her". Later, after O-lan's death, Wang Lung can't bring himself to look at Lotus for a while, and he respects O-lan's wishes that Lotus should never come into her rooms or touch her things.

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** Played with to some extent. Wang Lung never questions his right to take a concubine, and never thinks about the impact it has on O-lan until the day that his young daughter accidentally drops a Truth Bomb on him. The soft-hearted Wang Lung feels sorry for his daughter, who is having her feet bound, and she mentions that her mother has told her that it must be done or that she will never have a husband that loves her, be loved by her future husband; "even as you do not love her". Later, after O-lan's death, Wang Lung can't bring himself to look at Lotus for a while, and he respects O-lan's wishes that Lotus should never come into her rooms or touch her things.
25th Nov '15 9:34:06 PM Sweeper1985
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** Played with to some extent. Wang Lung never questions his right to take a concubine, and never thinks about the impact it has on O-lan until the day that his young daughter accidentally drops a Truth Bomb on him. The soft-hearted Wang Lung feels sorry for his daughter, who is having her feet bound, and she mentions that her mother has told her that it must be done or that she will never have a husband that loves her, "even as you do not love her". Later, after O-lan's death, Wang Lung can't bring himself to look at Lotus for a while, and he respects O-lan's wishes that Lotus should never come into her rooms or touch her things.
25th Nov '15 9:27:49 PM Sweeper1985
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** All but confirmed as uterine cancer, when the doctor refers to "a rock the size of a man's head in the womb".
25th Nov '15 9:26:30 PM Sweeper1985
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** Wang Lung's father also points out, probably fairly, that no pretty girl raised as a slave in a large household would be allowed to grow to maturity as a virgin. He tells Wang Lung that it is better to be the first with an ugly girl than the thousandth with a beauty. O-lan later, tragically, confirms that this is true. When discussing her upbringing, she reported that she was beaten every day. Wang Lung asks if that was the case for all the girl slaves, and she responds "Aye, beaten or carried to a man's bed".
20th May '15 5:17:13 PM nombretomado
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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 AcademyAward for Best Actress. The film also won the 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 starred Paul Muni as Wang Lung. For her role as his wife O-Lan, Luise Rainer won an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actress. The film also won the AcademyAward 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}}.
2nd Apr '15 6:40:08 PM CJCroen1393
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* MoralityPet: Wang Lung develops some affection for his mentally handicapped daughter.
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