The Pearl Essay

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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 trackers to save his family.. Finally, he becomes bright by realizing the pearl is evil and how he becomes a hero.Throughout the story, Kino changes his attitudes about the way he perceives things. First, being stubborn is one of his traits. The pearl is an evil thing and he hasn't realized that just yet. Juana tells him: " Kino this pearl is evil. Let us destroy it before it destroys us." With this, the thought sticks in Kino's mind, but he still doesn't change his views about the pearl. An example if this would be when he gets very angry because Juana us throwing out the pearl. After the beating, Juana thinks about what a man is.She says, " It meant he was half insane and half god. It meant that he would drive his strength against the sea, the mountain would stand while the man broke himself; that the sea would surge while the man drowned in it." She then realized that she needed Kino so she decided to support the decisions he made. This shows the beginning of Kino's change into a real man.Being brave is an example of a trait describing a hero. Kino saves his family from the trackers by killing all three of them. The author describes him by saying, " He Kratochvil 2 grasped the rifle even as he wrenched free his knife. His strength and his movement and...

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