farmer in rural, turn-of-the-century China. During the time in which the novel takes place, Chinese society is showing signs of modernization while remaining deeply connected to ancient traditions and customs. Wealth from the land is most important. The story tells of his life from a young man, newly married until his death at an old age.
and O-lan Birth of first son, second son, first daughter Time of drought and severe poverty Death of second baby daughter, birth of twins Steady growth of wealth for family Corruption of values on the part of Wang Lung Spends money unwisely, etc. Difficult influence of greedy uncle, nephew, etc.
destroys traditional values Wang Lung becomes a wealthy landowner. He and his family, except his wife, O-lan, become indolent* and lose true family values. *indolent=having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; being lazy