The Pearl Oppression

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The novel The Pearl written by John Steinbeck in 1947, was written to revolve around a pearl diver named Kino and his family’s life. The novel is set in sixteenth century colonial Mexico in a coastal village called La Paz. This period is when Europeans came to the new world to create better lives for themselves, but they also discriminated the native people and their cultures due to the fact they were different and not as civilized. There was one day Kino found a gigantic pearl that is worth thousands and shortly after finding it he starts to think about all the opportunities he can now provide for his family, but after finding it this led to people becoming greedy and wanting that pearl. Steinbeck uses this novel to express the thematic ideas …show more content…

This lack of a good education is what helped fuel the oppression towards native people and how that oppression made their lives far worse than they could have been. However, even though they were less educated and poorer than the europeans they knew how to appreciate things more than …show more content…

This is another thematic idea of value and wealth because Kino values somethings over others depending on how he got them. Kino treasured his canoe over anything else he owned because his “grandfather had brought it from Nayarit, and he had given it to Kino’s father, and so it had come to Kino” (Steinbeck 245). To Kino his canoe was a way to remember his lost family members and that it brings in food to survive on. The canoe also symbolizes how Kino makes his leaving, which is through finding pearls to sell and catching food to feed himself and his family. The canoe is what allowed Kino to find the gigantic pearl, but the pearl itself brought evil upon Kino and his family.
Steinbeck uses the novel to display the final thematic idea of greed as a destructive force through people's thoughts and actions. When Kino showed his pearl to everyone
“everyman suddenly became related to Kino’s pearl, and kino’s pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of everyone, and only one person stood in the way [of their greed] and that was Kino” (Steinbeck 253)
After Kino finds the pearl he starts to realize all the opportunities he can provide for Coyotito that him and Juana did not receive like a good education,

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