List at least two ironies from the novel.


The Pearl

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Posted on (Answer #1)

There are many ironies in the Pearl. So, I will have to be selective.

First, Kino believed that the pearl was a great stroke of luck. He thought that by finding the pearl that the gods were favorably looking down upon him and that his life would be great. In fact, one of the most famous sentences of the books states:

But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the gods or both.

As the story unfolds, we can see that pearl has brought nothing but harm. They were better off without it.

Second, Kino saw in the pearl great promises for his son. Again, here a quote:

Kino’s face shone with prophecy. “My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know—he will know and through him we will know. . . . This is what the pearl will do.”

Perhaps the greatest irony is that the pearl did not do any of these things. The pearl did what a scorpion bite could not do, namely, kill his son.

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Posted on (Answer #2)

Here is another. Kino's son Coyotito (meaning coyote) is killed later in the story after being shot by trackers who believed the sounds of his cries to be coming from a coyote pup.

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