It would be also very interesting to look at the short story "Wang Lung" and compare the character developed in this scenario with that of the man presented in The Good Earth. What connections can you establish between the stories? How do they differ? What aspects are developed in the story that find their way into the novel? Buck also has a variety of short stories. Compare some of these stories with similar themes to The Good Earth. How are they similar or different? Does Buck's body of work achieve coherence?