Study Guide

The Good Earth Characters

By Pearl S. Buck

Wang Lung

Wang Lung is your all-American, hard-working, small-town boy. Well, except that he's Chinese....

O-lan

You know how they say that behind every great man, there's a great woman? Well if Wang Lung is a...

First Son (Nung En) and His Wife

Man, Wang Lung and O-lan sure are proud parents. They love this kid. They think he's totally the...

Second Son (Nung Wen) and His Wife

When the second son is born Wang Lung and O-lan aren't quite as excited as they were the first...

Ching

If someone were to describe Ching, we wouldn't be surprised if they said he was like a brown...

First Daughter

Wang Lung's first daughter is an unlucky child. Of course, just being a girl makes her unlucky,...

Lotus and Cuckoo

If O-lan shows us what’s considered ugly, then Lotus shows us what's considered...

Pear Blossom, Lotus' Slave

Pear Blossom is the new Lotus. She even has a flower name, just like Lotus does.Pear Blossom...

The House of Hwang

This guy is the biggest big shot in town. He's the head of the House of Hwang and the richest man...

The Other Daughters

Oh, yeah: Wang Lung has some other kids, but they're just girls, so they don't matter.Second...

Third Son

Wang Lung's third son gets no love. He's almost always ignored: “There was none to trouble...

Wang Lung's Father (Grandpa)

Ah, the patriarch. Even though he begins the novel attempting to be strong and tough, for most of...

Wang Lung's Uncle and Family

Remember that old Highlights comic Goofus and Gallant? Here's the setup: Gallant is the good kid,...