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What is the joy and sorrow that you found in The Pearl?

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mii | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 22, 2010 at 12:53 PM via web

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What is the joy and sorrow that you found in The Pearl?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 5, 2010 at 5:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Examples of joy found in The Pearl would be when it is clear that Coyotito is ok, and that he will not die from the scorpion sting. Also, the scene in which Kino and  his family make their journey to the town to sell the pearl; the entire village practically forms a parade to mark the occassion.

Sadness in The Pearl comes in when the doctor refuses to treat Coyotito. Also, when Kino is attacked three times. The saddest part of the book, however, is when the baby dies. His death is so senseless and unneccesary.

The most touching events are as follows: The first chapter when Kino's "Song of the Morning" is described, the part where Juana begs him to throw the pearl back, and the death of their child.

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