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"The Pearl" By John Steinbeck Essay

994 words - 4 pages

In "The Pearl", by John Steinbeck, there are many themes. Two of these are family and evil. They contribute a lot to the book and readers can learn valuable lessons from them.Family plays an important part in the book. In chapter 1, page 1; you have the opening scene of a Kino hearing the song of the family while the family are doing their normal morning routine. The song and the family it represents are protected by Kino because it is all he has and he loves it. In chapter 2 it talks about the canoe he inherited from his grandfather, which is his only thing of value and it makes him proud. He takes great care in it because he uses it to provide for his family. With it he found a precious pearl. When the doctor comes in chapter 3, he has to trust him even though he thinks he is lying about Coyotito's condition because if he's not, then his only son could die. Juana tells Kino to get rid of the pearl, for it is evil, in chapter 4 (page 51). Kino refuses because he still thinks that the pearl will provide education for his son, which would mean they could escape their simple life. He doesn't want people who have a formal education to take advantage of Coyotito, like they do with other uneducated natives. In chapter 5 Juana warns him again that the pearl will destroy their family, but Kino thinks the wealth of the pearl is the best way to protect the family, even though it is pushing Kino and Juana apart. Also in chapter 6, Kino kills someone and another person lights their hut on fire. Kino's brother Juan Tomas helps him to escape from all the destruction that has happen and divert the neighbours from finding out what really is happening. In chapter 6, Kino believes that by making their escape, everything will work out because the pearl promises security and peace and now their family will prosper. Later he discovers that trackers are following them and decides he should give up, but Juana reminds him that the trackers will kill her and Coyotito as well and so he doesn't give up. When they are up in the mountains, with the trackers there, Kino has a chance to secure his family's future by disarming the men, as long as the baby keeps silent during the night, but Coyotito does cry and is killed by one of the trackers and Kino kills them. Juana was right from the beginning, the pearl was destructive. Their peace and happiness was not found in the pearl. It cost them Coyotito's life and now their family has a hole that cannot be filled.Evil was another main theme in the book. The scorpion in the first chapter represents evil, similar to Satan the snake which was in the...

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