The Pearl John Steinbeck Analysis

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The Pearl
“…Kino’s brain cleared from its red concentration and he knew the sound—the keening, moaning, rising hysterical cry from the little cave in the side of the stone mountain, the cry of death”(Steinbeck, 1947, p. 87). In the novel, The Pearl, John Steinbeck presented a family of three and a pearl to demonstrate how the power of greed and selfishness from wealth can impact and destroy a once content family. An example of how John Steinbeck became an advocate for the oppressed and social reform by addressing the societal differences and class struggles among the people of La Paz is in a parable he wrote called The Pearl.
John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. Enrolled in literature and writing courses, he left Stanford
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Steinbeck (1947) exemplifies the doctor’s wealth by writing, “He poured his second cup of chocolate and crumbled a sweet biscuit in his fingers” (p. 11). During that time period and location, only wealthy people could eat expensive food that consists of chocolate and sugar. Considering he was on his second cup of chocolate and that his biscuits were sweet implies that he was well beyond financially stable, compared to Kino and Juana who had only a corncake and pulque for…show more content…
At first, the pearl symbolized aa amazing providence. With the discovery of the great pearl, Kino began to have hope for Coyotito’s future and thought of the different possibilities that lead before him. However, as the town found out about ‘“the Pearl of the World”’(Steinbeck, 1947, p. 23), it began to have an injurious effect into Kino’s simplistic life (SparkNotes Editors, 2002). Juana and Kino’s brother began to seek the pearl as a threat rather than a blessing as the pearl began to symbolize and associate more materialistic desires. With Kino’s desire to acquire wealth from the pearl, he altered from a happy and content father into a savage criminal. By Kino’s demonstration of the destruction of innocence from greed and desire, the pearl soon became a symbol of human destruction. Kino’s gluttony shortly leads him to violently mistreat his wife and also to the death of his only son, Coyotito (SparkNotes Editors, 2002). SparkNotes Editors (2002) believed that his greed ultimately isolated Kino from his cultural customs and society. Overall, according to Wheeler (2008), the parable’s moral lesson was that “money cannot buy
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