In the novel, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, we meet Kino, his wife, Juana and their baby, Coyotitio. Kino’s family lives in a grass hut in the poor, fishing village of La Paz, Mexico in the 1920’s. Their lives are disrupted when a vicious scorpion bites Coyotito. The only way that they can get help were they live is to have enough money to pay the local doctor. Kino goes pearl diving and discovers a pearl that is worth “millions.” It appears that Kino has gone from having nothing to being able to get whatever his dreams desire. But in literature, as in life, things are not always as they appear to be, and the pearl ends up bringing them things that they never expected.
Kino has lived a hard life. He works hard and gets very little out of it. His family is very poor and cannot afford nice things. Coyotito his son was bitten bye a scorpion when he thought his father “Kino” was playing. Kino tried to grab the scorpion but he was just a second to late. They go to the doctor to get help but the doctor treats them like animals and tells his assistant to tell them that he is not there. Kino now needs money to save his child, so he goes looking for a pearl any pearl just one that the doctor would take to cure Coyotito. He finds a pearl a giant beautiful pearl worth millions, and with even more luck Coyotito gets better on his own.
Kino is now the hunted he has something that everybody wants a pearl...