The Good Earth
Paul S Buck
Money allows the world to operate through incentive, but at the same time allows us to forget what is truly important to us. Love, traditions, and values all seem to be lost throughout the as one earns more materialistic possessions. One may believe the need for love, tradition, and values are no longer. Money demolishes our true beliefs as shown through the book The Good Earth by Paul S Buck. Throughout the book, Buck expresses his ideals and perspective on money as Wang Lung changes as a character. Wang Lung’s love of the farm, his separation with the earth, and his children’s lack of morals show Wang Lung’s development as a character as his love, traditions, and values fade through the influence of money.
In the beginning of the book, Wang Lung is one with the earth; he loves his farm and enjoys his simple life and character. Pondering to himself and acknowledging earth’s beauty, Wang Lung talks to himself: “the earth lay rich and dark . . . . Some time, in some age, bodies of men and women had been buried there, houses had stood there, had fallen, and gone back into the earth. So would also their house, some time, return into the earth, their bodies also” (Buck 27). Here Wang Lung appreciates the beauty of the earth and how all return to the land. Wang Lung is clearly appreciative of the land and wishes to cultivate the land; he knows the beauty of land is something beyond material value and cannot be replaced. While learning the House of Hwang is selling their land, Wang Lung surprisingly states "Land is one's flesh and blood." (Buck 45) Wang Lung is fully connected with the land and feels that land is the foundation of one’s life. Surprised is Wang Lung when he figures out that land is being sold and believes selling the land is inhuman. However, Wang Lung does not maintain his love for the land throughout the novel, but allows money to go to his head changing his perspective upon the land.
Money can allow us to forget our...