The Good Earth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Pearl S. Buck that was first published in 1931. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Wang Lung, and important quotes.


Read our full plot summary and analysis of The Good Earth, scene by scene break-downs, and more.


See a complete list of the characters in The Good Earth and in-depth analyses of Wang Lung, O-lan, and Wang Lung’s oldest son.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in The Good Earth, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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Get ready to ace your The Good Earth paper with our mini essays, suggested essay topics, and a sample A+ student essay. 

Further Study

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