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Can you give three or four examples of irony in The Pearl?

In the book The Pearl, the most overt instance of irony was Kino’s expectations of good fortune after he discovered the pearl. He envisions a better life for his family, treatment and education for...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 9:53 am UTC

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In The Pearl, what does the Song of the Family mean to Kino?

Kino views the Song of the Family as a strength and an inspiration. Essentially, the Song of the Family incorporates generations of memories inherited from Kino's forebears. To Kino, the Song of...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 5:43 pm UTC

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What is the parable and moral lesson of The Pearl?

The term "parable" applies to Steinbeck's novella in two ways. The story of Kino and Juana includes elements of a parable, a literary story that develops a moral theme or lesson. It is presented as...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011 5:04 pm UTC

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How does Kino and his behavior change throughout The Pearl?

It is clear that throughout the novella Kino changes greatly thanks to the introduction of the pearl into his life. He starts off as your average hard-working Mexican fisherman, desperately trying...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2011 8:16 pm UTC

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Metaphors In The Pearl

In John Steinbeck’s story The Pearl, it is the precious stone itself that serves a parable for the greed and avarice that naturally accompany the discovery and revelation of sudden wealth in the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2015 5:54 pm UTC

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What is The Song of Evil and when does it first appear?

At the beginning of the novella, Kino and his wife are enjoying a typical tranquil morning when suddenly a poisonous scorpion moves slowly down the rope attached to the hanging box, which holds...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018 9:41 am UTC

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What imagery is used in The Pearl by John Steinbeck?

In The Pearl, John Steinbeck uses vivid imagery to enhance the effect of various symbolic objects. The most important of these is clearly the pearl itself. When it is first revealed, Steinbeck...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020 6:27 am UTC

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What are the character traits of the characters in The Pearl?

The protagonist of The Pearl, Kino, is a traditional hard-working man who takes great pride in his dignity and unwillingness to give in. He has tremendous love for his wife and child, which...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 2:59 pm UTC

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What animal imagery is used to describe Kino and Juana in Chapter 6 of John Steinbeck's The Pearl?

In chapter six, Kino, Juana and Coyotito were being stalked and hunted down like prey. Kino had decided that they should leave their home since their lives were in danger. He told his brother that...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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What are two examples of foreshadowing in The Pearl by John Steinbeck?  

An additional example of foreshadowing comes at the end of chapter 3 when Juana tells Kino that the pearl will ruin their son. Up until this moment there's been no sense that the pearl will be...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 11:21 am UTC

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What is an example of a metaphor in Chapter 3 of The Pearl  by John Steinbeck? I'm doing a project on The Pearl for...

At the end of Chapter 2 of The Pearl, word has spread to other fishermen about Kino's discovery. When Chapter 3 begins, word has spread throughout the town as he's just reaching shore. Chapter 3...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2012 4:28 pm UTC

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How many songs are mentioned in John Steinbeck's "The Pearl"?

The main song that is mentioned is the Song of the Family. This doubles as both Kino's personal song and family anthem. It materializes itself throughout the story. The song can take on a happy...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 7:57 pm UTC

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What two similes describe the pearl Kino found in John Steinbeck's novella The Pearl? 

A simile is a literary device that is used to compare two things. Unlike metaphors, similes draw direct comparisons by using the words "like" or "as." In Chapter 2 of the novella, Kino discovers...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2017 12:20 pm UTC

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What do the Song of the Pearl and the Song of the Enemy mean to Kino in John Steinbeck's The Pearl?

Kino has what we might call an "ancient soul." He is connected in some mysterious way to the distant generations of his people when they were song makers. His people had once been great makers of...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2015 1:05 am UTC

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What new song does Kino hear in Chapter II of The Pearl?

In Chapter II of The Pearl, Kino hears the song of "the Pearl that Might Be." In order to earn a living, Kino dives for pearls with the boat his grandfather once owned. So, when the upper class...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 3:38 am UTC

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What are the reactions of the townspeople to the discovery of the pearl (the priest, shopkeepers, doctor, beggars,...

In the beginning of chapter three it tells of the news spreading throughout the town. Steinbeck compares it to an animal. He says "News seems to move faster than small boys can scramble and...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 5:15 am UTC

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How does the baby die in John Steinbeck's The Pearl?

Coyotito's scream is mistaken by the trackers as the cry of a coyote. One of them fires his rifle, and the bullet kills the innocent baby, whose name ironically resembles that of the animal that...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 2:03 am UTC

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What is a "colonial animal" and what is Steinbeck's purpose in comparing a town to a colonial animal in The Pearl?

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 feet”...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 9:18 pm UTC

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Does Kino choose his destiny or his fate, and how does this fate affect his life in The Pearl?

To some extent, Kino is a victim of fate. This is because, as a member of Mexico's indigenous population, things happen to him; he doesn't make things happen. Poor and downtrodden, the likes of...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 5:34 am UTC

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Themes in John Steinbeck's The Pearl. I need to know the most important ones.

I think the most important theme in The Pearl is Obsession. In Chapter II, Kino dives for pearls in a desperate attempt to find one of value with which to pay the doctor to treat Coyotito for the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2014 6:07 pm UTC

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How does Kino change?

Like a lot of essentially decent people, Kino becomes corrupted by the prospect of riches. At first, he's presented as very simple, a loving family man who works hard for his loved ones. He's also...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 9:05 am UTC

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In The Pearl, what is the evidence that the doctor poisoned Coyotito?

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...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 5:23 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the songs in The Pearl?  

The songs in this book are important because they add historical and cultural depth to both the setting and the characters. We are told that no new songs are being created, but the old songs...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 3:01 pm UTC

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Why did the doctor refuse to treat Coyotito in The Pearl?

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...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

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Please explain the this quote very specifically.   “For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give...

Immediately after Kino discovers the Pearl of the World, he begins to fantasize about the material items he plans on purchasing and thinks about how his life will dramatically improve. Steinbeck's...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 5:56 pm UTC

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Describe the setting of John Steinbeck's The Pearl.

Steinbeck's short novel, The Pearl, is set in La Paz, Mexico. Readers of Steinbeck's work may have also come across the Kino's basic story, in brief, in Steinbeck's non-fiction chronicle of his...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2015 10:19 pm UTC

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How does the theme of racism come out in The Pearl?

Racism can be seen most prominently in how the doctor treats Kino. The doctor is part of the racial elite; as such, he looks down on indigenous people like Kino, seeing them as racially inferior....

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 5:10 am UTC

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What is the literal and symbolic function of Kino's canoe?

Kino's canoe is the tool he uses to provide for his family and is an essential part of his life. Kino's canoe enables him to catch fish and carries him to deeper waters, where he dives for pearls....

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 1:35 pm UTC

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What inspired John Steinbeck to write The Pearl?

John Steinbeck was inspired to write his novella The Pearl after visiting the La Paz, Baja California Sur, with his good friend and marine biologist Ed Ricketts on their Sea of Cortez expedition....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2010 5:20 am UTC

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What are Kino's dreams for his family?

In Chapter 3, Kino looks at the marvelous pearl in his hands and begins to think about all the possible things he will be able to provide for his family with the money he receives from selling the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2018 4:52 pm UTC

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What are the social issues found in The Pearl by John Steinbeck?

The conservative political commentator and humorist P. J. O'Rourke has asserted that one does not solve the problem of poverty by giving money to poor people. Although this is a point most often...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020 1:03 am UTC

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What songs has Kino heard in chapter 1 of Steinbeck's The Pearl?

The Songs of the Indian John Steinbeck's The Pearl is a parable of Kino who finds the Pearl of the World. His people have once been creators of songs to express their pride, their happiness, and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 2:40 pm UTC

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In the story "The Pearl" what songs did Kino hear in the first chapter?

Kino knows of many songs from his people, but the song most prevalent in the first section of "The Pearl" is the Song of the Family. The songs in the story are not necessarily music as it is...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 10:01 pm UTC

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How does Kino kill a man in chapter 5 of The Pearl?

Kino killed a man with a knife in a fight for the pearl. The incident you are describing is when Kino killed the man with the knife. Kino is a target because of the pearl. He defends himself with...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015 3:47 pm UTC

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How is the town like a character in The Pearl by John Steinbeck?

The first time we read about the town as a character in The Pearl is at the beginning of chapter three, when John Steinbeck personifies the town as a kind of animal. He is not subtle about the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013 11:19 pm UTC

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In The Pearl, what lessons should be learned from Kino's actions?

The overt, moral lesson is that "money can't buy happiness." Before finding the "Pearl of the World," Kino's family is poor but content. Their basic needs (food, shelter) are...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2008 10:40 am UTC

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Did Kino finding the pearl result in more good or bad consequences?

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...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 12:42 am UTC

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What is the main theme of the novel The Pearl, especially in chapter 1?

An overriding theme for John Steinbeck's parable of The Pearl is that of Good vs. Evil. This theme is connected to the theme of Social Class that begins at the end of Chapter I and develops further...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 12:58 am UTC

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What is the "Song of Evil" and what is happening the first time Kino hears it?

John Steinbeck's The Pearl is written as a parable, a simple story meant to develop a moral lesson. In developing this parable, Steinbeck employs music as a motif and as an instrument for...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2017 6:16 am UTC

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In The Pearl, what does the doctor do when he comes to Kino's house the first time?  

After the doctor initially dismisses Kino's concerns about his son's well-being, he hears the news of Kino's discovery and sees Coyotito's illness as an opportunity to make money. When the doctor...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018 5:06 pm UTC

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According to The Pearl, what happened to Kino's house in Chapter 5?

After returning from the town, Juana attempts to throw the pearl into the ocean, but Kino stops his wife and severely beats her. On his walk back to his hut on the beach, Kino is attacked by a...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018 2:51 pm UTC

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Examine Kino’s reaction after the doctor’s servant shuts the gate on him in The Pearl. How are both his acceptance...

When rejected by the doctor, Kino stands stunned for a long time; then, replacing his "suppliant hat"--an indication of his acceptance--on his head, he punches the gate mightily with his fist--an...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 9:53 pm UTC

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How does Juana treat Coyotito's scorpion sting?

Immediately after Coyotito is stung by the scorpion, Juana attempts to suck the venom out of his wound before she and Kino travel into town to see the European doctor. Unfortunately, the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 10:29 pm UTC

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In the story "The Pearl," why is Kino responsible for his own demise ?

Kino is responsible for his own demise simply through his own thoughts and actions. First, Kino inadvertently announced that he possessed the "Pearl of the World" to the entire town when he...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2009 7:40 am UTC

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What simile did the author use to begin chapter 3 of The Pearl?

A simile is a literary device that makes a direct comparison between two different things using the words "like" or "as." At the beginning of chapter 3, Steinbeck utilizes a simile to compare the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018 9:52 am UTC

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Human beings are naturally opportunistic. Justify this statement with close reference to The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

The definition of opportunism is: the taking of opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle Humans are opportunistic because we are born with the capacity to discern...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 3:05 am UTC

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In The Pearl, what are some examples of animal imagery in chapter one?  

After little Coyotito is stung by the scorpion, Kino and Juanita take him to the town to seek medical treatment. It's notable that Steinbeck uses animal imagery to highlight the differences between...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 9:45 am UTC

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In John Steinbeck's The Pearl, what does the description of the stout pearl-buyer's trick with the coin suggest about...

In chapter 4, Kino and his brother travel into town in an attempt to sell the Pearl of the World for a fair price. Unfortunately, the pearl buyers collectively work for one unscrupulous buyer and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 9:29 pm UTC

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In The Pearl, explain how stylistic devices are used to convey the theme that avarice is a destructive force.

I think the most obvious place to start in answering this question would be to consider how the pearl changes through the story. The pearl can be viewed as a symbol of avarice in the tale. Note how...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010 7:12 pm UTC

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What is important about the title of the novel, The Pearl?

The title is important as it refers to the central symbol and theme of the book. The great pearl which Kino finds represents his longing and dream to better his life and achieve wealth and...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2013 11:30 am UTC

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