Examine Kino’s reaction after the doctor’s servant shuts the gate on him in The Pearl. How are both his acceptance and rage revealed? What does the fact that Kino is amazed by his own reaction...

Examine Kino’s reaction after the doctor’s servant shuts the gate on him in The Pearl. How are both his acceptance and rage revealed? What does the fact that Kino is amazed by his own reaction show about his personality?

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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 indication of his fury against the power of the upper class. He looks in amazement at the blood running between his knuckles.

When Kino arrives at the big gate in the wall of the doctor's house, he hesitates because the doctor was once part of the ruling race and he feels both hatred and fear. When he asks for the doctor for his baby, the servant, who is of Kino's race, returns to ask if he has any money; Kino then shows the servant his several pearls, but they are too imperfect for the indolent and haughty doctor to consider. The servant returns with them, and speaking to Kino with embarrassment in the "old language" at his falseness to his own kind, he says that the doctor has gone out on "a serious case." Insulted and humiliated both as the gate closes on him and the other peasants walk away to allow Kino privacy in his shame, the stunned Kino stands immobile for a long time. Then, his pent-up wrath at the oppression his race has suffered boils in his heart as this doctor who has taken an oath to care for people so easily dismisses his baby without a second thought.

Slowly he put his suppliant hat on his head. Then, without warning, he struck the the gate a crushing blow with his fist.

Having so long been oppressed, Kino is amazed at the fury he feels. But this time it is his son against "the song of the enemy."

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