Wang Lung intends for his youngest son to work on the land after him. As this son remains quiet and sullen, Wang Lung doesn’t notice for a long time that he doesn’t actually want to work on the land. Instead, the youngest son wants to go to school as his older brothers did. Wang Lung eventually allows him this. Later, however, the son announces his intentions to become a soldier, and Wang Lung puts his foot down, forcing the youngest son to run away to the army. This son is handsome but intense, and he refuses to be distracted by women.
The youngest son Character Timeline in The Good Earth
The timeline below shows where the character The youngest son appears in The Good Earth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...see him there. Instead he wanders around the courts, avoiding Lotus. He realizes that his youngest son and Pear Blossom are about the same age, whereas he’s almost seventy. He tells himself... (full context)