The Good Earth

Describe Wang Lung's uncle and explain Wang Lung's feelings for him.

Why would Pearl Buck include him in this novel???

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The epitome of greed, Wang Lung's uncle parasitically lives off of his hard-working brother and nephew. He often asks Wang Lung for money, and when his nephew gets rich he moves his family into Wang Lung's house. He causes Wang Lung much grief, inciting a mob to raid his farm at the beginning of the novel. At the same time, he keeps Wang Lung "safe" since he is one of the heads of an infamous band of robbers, the Red Beards. These criminals leave Wang Lung alone because of his presence in the house. To end his mischief, Wang Lung turns his uncle into an opium addict.