History YMMV / TheGoodEarth

29th Aug '17 10:07:44 AM Nopperabo
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Was O-Lan's act of infanticide an act of cruelty? Was it an act of [[MercyKill mercy]], since alternative was to let the baby die a slow and painful death from starvation? Was it an act of pragmatic calculation, meant to conserve resources for O-Lan's existing family members during the famine?
** When O-Lan binds her daughter's feet, is she blindly obeying social expectations while ignoring her daughter's suffering? Is the foot-binding a well-meaning attempt to help her daughter secure a husband, and therefore find protection and financial security in a patriarchal society? Is O-Lan merely projecting her insecurities about her appearance and marriage onto her daughter?
28th Aug '17 11:18:57 AM Nopperabo
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The story is a very bleak look at the lives of Chinese farmers. As Wang Lung rises through the ranks, he becomes very unsympathetic and treats O-Lan horribly. None of the supporting characters are that nice either, except for the Poor Fool and Pear Blossom. It's perhaps for this reason that the characters are softened in the film adaptation.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The story is a very bleak look at the lives of Chinese farmers. The main characters endure famine, poverty, social unrest, and the threat of bandits. Their home lives are characterized by ingratitude, jealousy, and betrayal. As Wang Lung rises through the ranks, he becomes remains very unsympathetic and treats O-Lan horribly.horribly. His relationship with Lotus is sexually charged but ultimately loveless and hollow. None of the supporting characters are that nice either, except for the Poor Fool and Pear Blossom. It's perhaps for this reason that the characters are softened in the film adaptation.
25th Aug '17 9:16:35 AM Nopperabo
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The story is a very bleak look at the lives of Chinese farmers. As Wang Lung rises through the ranks, he becomes very unsympathetic and treats O-Lan horribly. None of the supporting characters are that nice either - except for the poor fool and Pear Blossom. It's perhaps for this reason that the characters are softened in the film adaptation.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The story is a very bleak look at the lives of Chinese farmers. As Wang Lung rises through the ranks, he becomes very unsympathetic and treats O-Lan horribly. None of the supporting characters are that nice either - either, except for the poor fool Poor Fool and Pear Blossom. It's perhaps for this reason that the characters are softened in the film adaptation.



* JerkassWoobie: Lotus, when you think about it. She was sold into a brothel from a young age and has spent her entire life being valued for her looks. She even becomes Wang Lung's concubine because she knows her looks are starting to fade, and she'll have no prospects otherwise. Still she is a massive {{Jerkass}} to everyone.

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* JerkassWoobie: Lotus, when you think about it. She was sold into a brothel from a young age and has spent her entire life being sexually exploited and valued for her looks. She even becomes Wang Lung's concubine because she knows her looks are starting to fade, and she'll have no prospects otherwise. Still she is a massive {{Jerkass}} to everyone.



** The poor fool, who's something of a MoralityPet for everyone. Lotus's biggest KickTheDog moment involves kicking the poor fool.

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** The poor fool, Poor Fool, who's something of a MoralityPet for everyone. Lotus's biggest KickTheDog moment involves kicking the poor fool.Poor Fool.
14th Aug '17 5:21:37 PM Noraneko
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* FirstInstallmentWins: ''The Good Earth'' is regarded as a classic, but few are aware that it's the first in an epic trilogy, the rest of which failed to rise to the acclaim and exposure of their predecessor.
3rd Aug '17 3:04:18 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The more famous film version was actually based on a stage adaptation that wasn't particularly successful.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The story is a very bleak look at the lives of Chinese farmers. As Wang Lung rises through the ranks, he becomes very unsympathetic and treats O-Lan horribly. None of the supporting characters are that nice either - except for the poor fool and Pear Blossom. It's perhaps for this reason that the characters are softened in the film adaptation.



* FridgeHorror: Wang Lung's uncle is healthy and active long after Wang Lung's father is sick enough to be confined to bed [[spoiler: and even dies.]] That means he's probably related to Wang Lung's mother, not his father. Say... how big of an age difference would that imply between Wang Lung's father and his mother?

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* FridgeHorror: FridgeHorror:
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Wang Lung's uncle is healthy and active long after Wang Lung's father is sick enough to be confined to bed [[spoiler: and even dies.]] That means he's probably related to Wang Lung's mother, not his father. Say... how big of an age difference would that imply between Wang Lung's father and his mother?



* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of O-Lan.]]

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* IronWoobie: O-Lan, who pines for her whole life wanting love from her husband and never getting any. Despite this, she is a good wife and mother, and does the best she can.
* JerkassWoobie: Lotus, when you think about it. She was sold into a brothel from a young age and has spent her entire life being valued for her looks. She even becomes Wang Lung's concubine because she knows her looks are starting to fade, and she'll have no prospects otherwise. Still she is a massive {{Jerkass}} to everyone.
* MinorityShowGhetto: Filmmakers, and the original author, wanted the adaptation to have nothing but Chinese actors. But this trope was the reason they went with white actors in {{Yellowface}}.
* {{Moe}}:
** The poor fool, who's something of a MoralityPet for everyone. Lotus's biggest KickTheDog moment involves kicking the poor fool.
** Pear Blossom as well. In fact, Wang Lung [[spoiler: starts out wanting her sexually, but instead just opts for her companionship]].
* OvershadowedByControversy: The film is usually mentioned for the scandal involving Creator/AnnaMayWong not being able to play O-Lan, due to the Hays Code.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of O-Lan.]]]]
* ToughActToFollow: After winning her second Oscar for this film, Luise Rainer retired from acting shortly afterwards, knowing she wouldn't be able to top her previous performances.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The effects that create the storm in the film are pretty impressive for a TroubledProduction during the late 1930s.
20th Aug '16 1:58:53 PM Give1Take2
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* FridgeBrilliance: A lot of characters discuss the high infant morality rate babies shortly after childbirths, and thus the importance of a woman bearing as many children as possible (so at least ''some'' of them survive). Yet, all of O-lan's children make it to adulthood (except the daughter she's implied to have strangled at birth during a famine). Why is that? Well, in the early 20th century germs were discovered, as well as the link between doctors and midwives not washing washing their hands before delivering newborn babies and their high mortality rate. O-lan herself goes against the tradition of having a midwife by bearing her children alone, and cutting their umbilical chords with a clean reed leaf. Thus, none of her children are exposed to potentially deadly germs, and they all lived to adulthood (sans one).

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* FridgeBrilliance: A lot of characters discuss the high infant morality rate babies shortly after childbirths, at childbirth, and thus the importance of a woman bearing to bear as many children as possible (so so at least ''some'' of them survive).survive. Yet, all of O-lan's children make it to adulthood (except the daughter she's implied to have strangled at birth during a famine). Why is that? Well, in the early 20th century germs were discovered, as well as the link between doctors and midwives not washing washing their hands before delivering newborn babies and their high mortality rate. O-lan herself goes against the tradition of having a midwife by bearing her children alone, and cutting their umbilical chords with a clean reed leaf. Thus, none of her children are exposed to potentially deadly germs, and they all lived to adulthood (sans one).
19th Aug '16 8:00:16 PM Give1Take2
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* FridgeBrilliance: A lot of characters discuss the high infant morality rate babies shortly after childbirths, and thus the importance of a woman bearing as many children as possible (so at least ''some'' of them survive). Yet, all of O-lan's children make it to adulthood (except the daughter she's implied to have strangled at birth during a famine). Why is that? Well, in the early 20th century germs were discovered, as well as the link between doctors and midwives not washing washing their hands before delivering newborn babies and their high mortality rate. O-lan herself goes against the tradition of having a midwife by bearing her children alone, and cutting their umbilical chords with a clean reed leaf. Thus, none of her children are exposed to potentially deadly germs, and they all lived to adulthood (sans one).
25th Nov '15 9:43:49 PM Sweeper1985
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** On that note, Wang Lung's reference to how "a woman must bear and bear and bear" just to have any hope of surviving offspring. He points out that Wang Lung's mother had so many children ("a score or more") but he can't even remember the actual number. Of all those babies, only Wang Lung survived.

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** On that note, Wang Lung's father's reference to how "a woman must bear and bear and bear" just to have any hope of surviving offspring. He points out that Wang Lung's mother had so many children ("a score or more") but he can't even remember the actual number. Of all those babies, only Wang Lung survived.
25th Nov '15 9:43:15 PM Sweeper1985
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** On that note, Wang Lung's reference to how "a woman must bear and bear and bear" just to have any hope of surviving offspring. He points out that Wang Lung's mother had so many children ("a score or more") but he can't even remember the actual number. Of all those babies, only Wang Lung survived.
30th May '15 10:12:01 AM Kingault
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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of O-Lan]]

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of O-Lan]]O-Lan.]]
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