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 different people, but because they are different, they are able to respect each other greatly. Throughout the novel it is shown that Juana was less developed as a person than Kino before the pearl; both grew greatly after the pearl but Kino more so than Juana; after all the trials and tribulations Juana is the most admirable, because she was able to predict the outcome the pearl would bring from the bad omens the pearl brought when it was first found.Before the need of the pearl took place due to Coyotito's scorpion bite, Kino's family basically lived a "happy, go lucky" life. " This is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole." [p.3] They weren't rich, but they had a home, food, and the necessities to provide for a child. They could go through the day with little talk, basically they knew how to work with each other, they knew when one was hurt, in deep thought, ect. Then the baby was bitten and Kino's and Juana's individual true fears and longings came forth. To the both, family was very important, they both did there best to save Coyotito from being bitten. Kino tried to kill the scorpion before it bit his son and Juana sucked some of the poison out after it was bitten, but as seen from later events like when she tried to persuade Kino to get rid of the pearl by saying, "Kino the pearl is evil. Let us destroy it before it destroys us," [p.56] and then receiving a beating, then refusing to leave Kino's side on the mountains after hearing his orders, from all this it can be said that the only aspect to Juana's personality are her loyalties and devotion to her family, nothing else. Kino on the other hand cares for his family but has his own personal dreams as well, such as a new boat after a hole was made in it because, "The killing of a man was not so evil as the killing of a boat," [p.62] and "it is the bulwark against starvation." [p.14] Kino also dreamed of a rifle. Kino's character was able to form his own opinions about subjects other than family, while Juana was as submissive and servile as one could be, living only to please others, making Juana the lesser developed of the two because she didn't have as many aspects to her personality as compared to Kino."This pearl has become my soul, if I give it up I shall lose my soul," [p.67] said Kino, never did he know that by keeping the pearl his soul would not be the only thing that was lost. By keeping the pearl Kino killed men in order to keep it, lost his home, lost his boat, and lost his child. Going through all these tragedies he realized his mistakes,...

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