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In "The Pearl" by Steinbeck, what are three references to Kino's becoming animalistic...

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Posted January 12, 2009 at 9:17 AM via web

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In "The Pearl" by Steinbeck, what are three references to Kino's becoming animalistic after finding the pearl?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 31, 2009 at 8:41 PM (Answer #1)

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One good example of Kino's animalistic behavior is found in Part II. When Coyotito shows signs of improving after being bitten by the scorpion, Kino "put back his head and howled." An animal image is found in Part V when Kino stops Juana from throwing the pearl back into the ocean: "Kino looked down at her and his teeth were bared. He hissed at her like a snake . . . ." Another animal reference appears in Part V when Kino finds that his canoe has been destroyed: "He was an animal now, for hiding, for attacking, and he lived only to preserve himself and his family."

 

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