The Pearl Essay

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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 breakfast. Kino?s wife placed Coyotito, their son, in his hanging box right after she cleaned and fed him.A littler while later, when the waking sun shone on the baby, Kino and Juana saw a terrible sight. There was a scorpion climbing down the rope of the hanging box that the baby was in. Coyotito reached out for the deadly insect as his father tried to come closer in order to kill it. Unfortunately the little boy shook the rope by moving and the scorpion came tumbling down, stinging Coyotito. The baby cried out in pain, as Kino began crushing the enemy.Upon hearing the little boy?s shriek, all the villagers rushed to the little cottage, full of wonder and horror. Everyone followed the young man to the doctor?s grand house. This greedy man would not allow Kino in with the baby because they were poor natives who did not have enough money to pay for the treatment.Later that morning, Juana, with Coyotito, and Kino set out in their canoe to go pearl diving. The young woman prayed that a great pearl would be found, large enough to pay for the doctor?s help in taking care of the scorpion bite. Meanwhile, while Kino was diving for pearls. He saw one oyster open it?s shell and a bright light flowed out of it. He grasped the oyster and swam back to his canoe. Kino gently opened the shell and rolled the most beautiful pearl he had ever seen. It was as large as a seagull?s egg, perfect as the moon.In the afternoon, when all his neighbors were viewing the magnificent pearl, Kino began reciting his family?s future. He and Juana would have a marriage ceremony and celebration. Coyotito would be baptized and go to school. Kino went on to say that he would have a rifle, a harpoon, and new clothes. Everybody was amazed at his words and did not know whether to say that he was wise or foolish to say such things.Later that day, Kino buried his prize pearl, knowing that people would do anything to own the pearl. Right after he finished hiding it, the doctor came to the door. He said that he was terribly ?sorry? that he could not help the baby sooner. The greedy man said that he had been away from the house and was treating another person. Coyotito was given a tonic and the doctor said that he would return in one hour. As the minutes passed, the child began to look ill. He now had a fever.When the hour was over, the doctor returned. This time he said the poison was working and gave the baby more medicine. The doctor said that Coyotito would recover. He then asked when Kino would be able to pay the medical fee. Kino said that he would...

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