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  • The Pearl
    The doctor has no interest in treating Coyotito until Kino finds the pearl, and Coyotito was getting better before seeing the doctor. Coyotito is stung by a scorpion, which is of course very...

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    A town is a “colonial animal” because news travels so fast it seems to have a memory and motivation of its own. When we are told that a town has “a nervous system and a head and shoulders and...

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    Insanity in The Pearl is linked to ideas of stability and continuity. Despite Kino’s poverty at the story’s outset, we can see that as long as his life remains undisturbed he has a chance at...

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    The Pearl by John Steinbeck is most definitely a work of social criticism. At the forefront of the story we see The Pearl as a simple parable teaching readers that greed is bad. Greed is the main...

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    The pearl buyer’s trick of rolling the coin through his fingers is symbolic of his “trickery” with money. Kino is aware that the pearl buyers are in league with each other, but he decides to...

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    When someone suddenly has a stroke of good luck, it is easy for those around them to become jealous. When Kino first finds the pearl he believes it is the key to success for his family, especially...

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    The book has a third person omniscient narrator, but often follows Kino’s perspective. In many ways, Kino is the main character of the story. It is Kino who finds the pearl, and Kino who is the...

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    The doctor’s greed causes him to treat the native Mexican people inhumanely. The doctor has the idea that the town and those around him exist solely for his own profit. He seems to dislike the...

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  • The Pearl
    This quote means that people tend to understand things in binary oppositions: things must either be good or bad, black or white, when thought of in memories.

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    The way Steinbeck discusses music in The Pearl allows readers to believe that there is almost a "soundtrack" to this story. If you imagine any movie you've watched and pay attention to the...

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    The drawback to the gossip is that the family is in danger because everyone wants the pearl. When we are told that a town is like a colonial animal, this is both a good and bad thing. People all...

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    Juana wakes before Kino because it is her duty to take care of the household. Juana is a good wife and a good mother. She takes these responsibilities seriously. The tribe’s division of labor...

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    Finding the pearl resulted in more negative consequences than positive ones. When Kino found the pearl, he thought that all of his problems were solved. He expected to be able to sell it and he...

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    The struggle of the animals and insects is both foreshadowing and a metaphor for Kino’s existence. Steinbeck describes the setting very carefully. When Kino wakes up, we learn about the world...

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    Kino’s house is described as made of brush. He, Juana, and Coyotito live a simple life with few material possessions. When he finds the pearl, there are limited places in which to hide it, but he...

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    A major theme of The Pearl is that greed can ruin not only your own life, but the lives of those you love. Kino’s life prior to his finding of the pearl is one of contentment. His needs are few,...

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    In chapter 1 of The Pearl, the setting is simple: a hut by the ocean in which Kino lives with his wife and baby. The tone is one of peace and simplicity, even innocence. Like the Garden of Eden,...

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    The importance of songs in Kino's mind, family, and culture can be viewed simply as a cultural practice. They are ways to give meaning to events, people, and places. But for Kino, the songs do take...

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    One of the motifs that Steinbeck uses to illustrate the theme of good vs. evil is music. When Kino awakens, he is filled with a good feeling and he refers to the music he hears during this feeling...

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    The doctor does not care about Kino because he is poor, and he refuses to treat the sick baby. Kino is suspicious of the doctor. Kino and his wife are aboriginals (Indians) and the doctor is one...

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  • The Pearl
    A parable is a story that teaches a moral lesson. In The Pearl readers are presented with the idea that things are not always what they seem and greed can impede good judgement. Song of the Family...

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    The Songs in The Pearl are all part of the Song of Life. They are a reflection of the native beliefs that the people of Mexico once had before the coming of the Europeans. They are for all aspects...

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    In Steinbeck's The Pearl, Juana employs the age-old technique of applying a poultice made of seaweed to baby Coyotito's swollen shoulder. As Steinbeck notes, it is as good a remedy as any other and...

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    The Pearl is a story rich in symbolism, and the incident with the scorpion is certainly no exception. Upon discovering the scorpion at the bedside of his son, Coyotito, Kino and his wife pray....

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    The doctor in The Pearl is a very greedy man. He was also a man filled with prejudice. When Coyotito is stung by the scorpion, Kino is desperate to get help. However, he does not like or trust...

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    The totality of Kino’s life is his wife and child, and he is satisfied with this. To make a life for the three of them, and any other children that may come, is all he focuses on. With the...

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  • The Pearl
    When Juana and Kino first took their baby Coyotito to the doctor, he refused to treat him, since they are natives of the country, not the conquerors of which the doctor is a part. The doctor is...

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  • The Pearl
    John Steinbeck's The Pearl is a parable; as such it is meant to teach a moral lesson. As a social realist, Steinbeck is concerned, with "life and living," as John S. Kennedy, a friend and critic...

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  • The Pearl
    Kino did not sell his pearl for fifteen hundred pesos because, as an experienced pearl diver, he knew that his pearl was worth much more. The pearl merchants, however, are working for one main...

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    The Pearl can be seen as a parable of the danger of placing one’s hopes on one thing, no matter if it is material or emotional. The moment Kino finds the pearl, he dreams of how his life will...

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    The pearl buyers are dishonest merchants, intent on cheating those people who bring them pearls to sell. They are not independent buyers but in collaboration with a main merchant, who pays them a...

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  • The Pearl
    Consider the priest, the Father, who knows the theology and doctrine of Christianity but does not know how to apply them to real life. Instead of pity and compassion, greed overtakes him, as well...

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    Kino and Juana must escape from the law, who is pursuing Kino for his murder of his attacker. This was an act of self-defense, but Kino runs in fear. He may perhaps be justified, if a native has a...

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    I would recommend that someone read The Pearl to gain historical understanding of the struggles that Native Americans of the Baja Peninsula faced during the years of Spanish occupation from the...

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  • The Pearl
    In the Pearl there are a few different themes, though the one that is mainly focused on it the how fate and agency can shape life. These forces can be seen as being contrasting. In The Pearl the...

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    Kino watches “with the detachment of God” as an ant tries to escape the trap set for it by an ant lion (an insect that preys on ants). The narrator does not say if the ant manages to escape or...

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    The point of view in The Pearl is third-person. In this point of view, the narrator is not a character in the story, yet he does not have unlimited knowledge of what all the characters are thinking...

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    The main protagonist, Kino, changed significantly throughout the story. In the beginning, Kino is content with his lot. He may be living in comparative poverty, but he is happy with his wife and...

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    In Steinbeck's short story "The Pearl", Kino hears several songs in the first chapter. The most prominent song at the beginning is the Song of the Family. When we think of songs, we may think of...

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  • The Pearl
    It is not that money is the “root of all evil,” but the love of money. In Kino’s case, it is what that money can bring to his life to change it for the better. In Chapter 1, it is clear that...

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    Juana warns Kino about wanting too much because, the more one has, the more one has to worry about it, either acquiring it or protecting it. This is the symbolism behind the pearl, which ultimately...

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    At one point, Juana tries to throw the pearl back into the sea, but this causes Kino to attack her. She realizes that it was through Kino that this evil and greed has come into their lives. He is...

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  • The Pearl
    Kino hears many songs in his head throughout the course of the novella The Pearl. In the beginning of the novella he hears the “Song of the Family”. This happens when he is feeling peaceful and...

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  • The Pearl
    The whole, referred to in Chapter 1, is all that Kino sees, and all that he needs. This is the entirety of his existence, and he is content. His wife, Juana, and his baby son, Coyotito, provide a...

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  • The Pearl
    From what I can see, your question refers to events in Chapter 4. In this chapter, Kino decides to take his pearl to the buyers. The author tells us that the pearl buyers know Kino will soon...

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  • The Pearl
    In the story, Kino's 'Pearl of the World' was to have been the means by which Coyotito would lift his family out of poverty and degradation; the pearl was to have purchased an education for...

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    In the beginning of the novella, Kino is at peace with the world. He sits outside and views the natural surroundings. He is content with his lot in life, with his wife Juana and his child Coyotito....

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    Once Kino has found the Pearl of the World, he begins to dream. Like most parents, he hopes for a better life for his son, and, of course, some things for his wife and himself. He wants to have a...

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  • The Pearl
    The quote comes from Chapter 4: It is wonderful the way a small town keeps track of itself and all of its units. The author goes on to describe the lives of the town's inhabitants like that of a...

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