"The Pearl" Essay

681 words - 3 pages

This book is about a poor, hardworking pearl diver named Kino. He lived a happy simple life with his wife, Juana, and baby-son Coyotito. But one morning before Juana had her breakfast and Kino was finished a scorpion stings Coyotito. After Kino failed, selflessly, to grab the scorpion. Then other evil things start to happen to the family and Kino hears the evil music, and the doctor won't cure Coyotito due to the fact that Kino doesn't have any money.The very next day Kino and Juana set out, Juana walking behind Kino. Before they put the canoe in the water, Juana prays to God and says magic spells, so they find a pearl to pay for the doctor. Kino dives out of the canoe, which was handed down by his grandfather to his father and then to him, he sees the biggest oyster he has ever seen and grabs it. Kino opens the oyster in the canoe and finds "The pearl of the world." Kino now thinks all his problems are over but little does he know his problems are just starting.Kino goes home and tells his neighbors what he will buy once he sells the pearl. After the doctor hears that Kino has a perfect pearl he goes to cure the baby. The doctor cured the baby and asks Kino if he wants him the put the pearl in his safe, but Kino declines. Later that night, someone breaks into Kino's house and tries to find the pearl, but Kino bravely attacks the intruder before he can find it.The next day Kino tries to sell the pearl, but the pearl buyers trick Kino by telling him the pearl is worthless. Kino realizes they are trying to cheat him out of his pearl so he walks out smartly saying that he will go to the capital to sell the pearl if he can't get a fair price.Later that night someone tries to steal the evil pearl again. Kino attacks...

Find Another Essay On "The Pearl"

The Pearl Essay

1172 words - 5 pages "Life is a roller coaster." Or so I've heard, but isn't it? Life has it's up and downs, it's backwards and forwards, upside downs and right side ups, loops and twirls, screams of fun and annoyingly pounding headaches. But whenever life brings something, good or bad, people have no choice but to live through it, right? Right. Such an example are the characters Kino, and Juana in the book, The Pearl by John Steinbeck. Kino and Juana are very

The Pearl Essay

1872 words - 7 pages The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, is the fateful tale of greed and it?s consequences. When the news of Kino?s great pearl spreads through La Paz, no one can imagine the power it will give to the young man. A power that may destroy his life, love, and family.It was early morning when Kino opened his eyes and looked around the shabby hut. The young man glanced at Juana, who was wide-awake, as usual. She got up, off of her mat and began to make

The Pearl

667 words - 3 pages THE PEARL In this book, I believe that people show how there prejudiced against other people.The doctor refused to treat Coyotito, because his parents had no money. When the doctor heard of Kino and Juana's fortune in finding the pearl, he acted as if they were patients of his while thinking of a better life for him."The doctor was not of his people". The doctor was of a race, which for nearly four hundred years had beaten and starved Kino's

The Pearl - 352 words

352 words - 2 pages that with the money from the pearl he will be married,the priest says, "It is pleasant to see that your first thoughts are good thoughts," which only leads him on to think he needs to get married,or should be married. "Kino's future was real...other forces were set up to destroy it," meant that since he was now the envy of others,he feels the need to buy whatever he can,because he had the money to do so and he would be seen as a fool if he

Allegory In The Pearl

888 words - 4 pages The Pearl , written by John Steinbeck, has caught the eyes of many literary critics. The Pearl is a novel about a young man named Kino whose som is bitten by a scorpion. When the son is taken to the doctor , the physician refuses to treat him because the family has no money. In desperation Kino and his wife Juana pray for a miracle. One day Kino, a pearl diver , discovers a lustrous pearl that would hopefully pay for his son's recovery. In the

Symbolism In The Pearl

529 words - 2 pages Symbolism in The Pearl by John Steinbeck      Novels were created to show a very naive view in great depth. The Pearl is a novel in its most complete form. Steinbeck does this by conveying life symbolically. Through symbols, John offers the reader a clearer look at life and it?s content. He shows major imagery in four ways: Kino, music, Coyotito, and the 'Pearl of the World'.      Kino overall symbolizes clearly good and innocent. Kino

The Pearl--Canine Imagery

1250 words - 5 pages The Pearl: Canine Imagery Essay Today, when people in our society think of "dominance," they tend to cringe at the thought, perhaps because of the negative connotations we attach to it. However, in the "animal kingdom," dominance is viewed in a totally different perspective. The animals distinguish dominance as the glue that holds them together. To animals, it is simply a matter of leadership, pecking order as some call it. In John Steinbeck's

the pearl chapter 2

2081 words - 8 pages The Pearl c Pearson Education Limited 2007 The Pearl - Teacher's notes of 3 PENGUIN ACTIVE READING Teacher Support Programme Teacher's notes LEVEL 3 Summary A Mexican Indian pearl diver called Kino finds a very valuable pearl that can change his life and his family's life for good. As soon as the priest, the doctor, and the pearl buyers hear of Kino's extraordinary find, they try to trick him into giving them the pearl. After a series of

The Pearl: A Review

1150 words - 5 pages THE PEARL: A Review The Pearl is a story about an Mexican Indian man and woman, set in the early to mid-1900's, in Bolivia. It was written by John Steinbeck as a short fiction book that tells of the family's life just before, during, and just after find a great pearl. The book was an amazing and discussed many different ideas. The main idea discussed is whether or not being rich is a good thing. The story explained how everyone would like to

The Pearl Essay

819 words - 4 pages The pearl in The Pearl by John Steinbeck shows traits of the characters in their worst moments, but the pearl mostly showed the trait “greed” in Kino because of how his life was before he almost got wealthy. The greed and coveting overtook his mind and personality and changed him who he was as a person. The author showed this throughout the book in many different ways. Steinbeck uses the symbol of the pearl to show the power of greed through

The Pearl Resoning

745 words - 3 pages Can Nobel Prize winner in literature, John Steinbeck, creator of legendary novels such as: Of Mice and Men, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, be able to present a novel suitable for the grade nine English curriculum? Sadly the answer is no. The Pearl, written by Steinbeck, offers an awful writing style, a predictable storyline and horrible role models concluding to why it should be removed from the grade nine Engilish curriculum. To start

Similar Essays

The Pearl Essay

557 words - 2 pages The Pearl 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

The Pearl Essay 650 Words

650 words - 3 pages Kino's Attitudes Brave, stubborn, and bright are the three characteristics that help explain Kino's changing attitudes. In John Steinbeck's story The Pearl, Kino, the main character, is being portrayed as a stubborn man who becomes brave and bright, to know and confront his enemies. First, he portrays a stubborn man by not listening to Juana when she tells him that the pearl is evil. Second, Kino shows bravery when he goes down and kills the

The Pearl Essay 885 Words

885 words - 4 pages The Pearl Theme: The main idea of this story is definitely bad luck. Kino and his family are poor but they have somewhat decent health. However when Coyotito gets sick and the Pearl is found that all changes. What this book is trying to say is that money is not everything in life. And in some cases, it brings bad luck. Money can also bring greed, as in the doctor’s case. Setting: This story takes place in a small village somewhere

The Pearl Essay 1077 Words

1077 words - 4 pages ." This quotes is expressing the dark side of human beings, the heart can never be appeased and content. They always lust after materialistic possessions and often forget the roles of responsibility. In The Pearl, the author John Steinbeck tells a parable about two young couple and their baby suffering from the consequences of wanting more and never being fulfilled. Thus, the greed of materialistic possessions causes the roles of responsibility to