The Pearl Questions and Answers
by John Steinbeck

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

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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 happiness – a universal human trait.

When Kino first spies the pearl it is described in richly lyrical terms:

...there it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon. It captured the light and refined it and gave it back in silver incandescence. It was as large as a seagulls' egg. It was the greatest pearl in the world.(chapter 3)

However, there is also danger in this pearl which Kino does not realise at first. The ominous signs are there from the beginning in  the narrative, with the observation (in Chapter 3) that this pearl hails from the same bed which gained great wealth...

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