An uncomplicated life based on one’s needs rather than their wants is not to be taken for granted. The author of The Pearl, John Steinbeck centers his novel on this theme. The novel focuses on Kino, an unwealthy diver, who’s baby gets stung by a scorpion, so he must find a way to pay for a doctor. One day Kino finds the pearl of the world, his first intention is to use the pearl to pay for medical expenses however, the pearl ends up creating many problems for Kino. Although readers believe that Juana choose correctly to give the pearl back to Kino, she should have disposed of the pearl when she had the opportunity to but it is understandable as to why some may believe …show more content…
As the author writes,” It is lucky that I know about the poison of the scorpion, otherwise..he shrugged to show what could have happened. But Kino was suspicious, and he could not take his eyes from the doctor’s open bag, and the bottle of the white powder there” (34-35). Kino is being tricked by the doctor who is taking advantage of Kino’s ignorance to make Coyotio sick again. The importance of this that the doctor came to Kino’s home, poisoned Kino’s son, and misused Kino’s family’s faith only for the chance to see the pearl so he could plan how to steal it. As the author elaborates,” Now there was only one pearl buyer with many hands, and the mean who sat in their offices and waited for Kino knew what price the would offer, how high the would bid, and what method each one would use “(42). Kino is once again put in a position where he is going to be taken advantage of because of the pearl. The pearl buyers will undoubtedly try to buy the pearl from Kino for an unfair price. To elaborate further Kino has been tricked multiple times because of what all the pearl promises in return many of the people feel the need to cheat Kino. If Juana disposed of the pearl they would no longer have to deal with the people being dishonest towards them because of the
The novel The Pearl by John Steinbeck is about a young poor man with a family who has found a great source of wealth. The novel was written in third person, or a narrator unknown to the reader. The main characters in my novel was Kino, a young native and farther, Juana, Kino’s girlfriend and mother, and Coyotito, Kino and Juana's young infant son. John Steinbeck's novel starts off with a very dramatic first scene when Kino and Juana’s infant, Coyotito, gets stung by a scorpion. They rush their child to the doctor in town, but they were quickly denied help. The doctor refused to give them his services because they didn’t have a enough money to pay the him properly. That very same day they went out on the sea to go diving for pearls. While Kino was diving Juanna was creating a poultice for Coyotito wound. This made the wound heal a little but definitely not all the way. Kino came up from his di...
Novels were created to show a very naive view in great depth. The Pearl is a novel in its most complete form. Steinbeck does this by conveying life symbolically. Through symbols, John offers the reader a clearer look at life and it?s content. He shows major imagery in four ways: Kino, music, Coyotito, and the 'Pearl of the World'.
A fascinating and intriguing novel, The Pearl shares the story of a man named Kino, and how greed can affect his life forever. When Kino finds the “Pearl of the World”, it affects everyone, not just him. John Steinbeck, the author of this novel, uses intricate literary devices in order to give the reader the sense of greed that engulfed Kino and his surroundings. Literary devices such as foreshadowing, symbolism, and characterization all help this story come to life. Kino’s family, his personality, and his town, all changed when one pearl landed in Kino’s hands.
In The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, evil transforms certain humble citizens into envious savages. Evil was exhibited by the doctor who refused to treat Coyotito because his parents had no money. When the doctor heard of Kino and Juana's fortune in finding "the pearl of the world" (722), he boasted that they were patients of his while thinking of a better life for himself in Paris. Coyotito was healed when the doctor finally came to their straw hut. He deceived Kino by giving the baby a white powder that made him go into convulsions. An hour later he came and gave Coyotito the remedy and immediately wanted to know when he was getting paid. The evil in the pearl had reached the heart of the doctor. The pearl's evil did not restrict itself to infecting Kino's peers; it also affected Kino himself. He wanted to sell the pearl and use the money to better his family's standard of living. He had dreams and goals that all depended on the pearl.
Everyone has flaws-from being too afraid to not caring at all. The Pearl focuses on a poor Indian family which consists of three members: Kino, a husband, father, and fisherman, Juana, his wife and loving mother; and Coyotito their infant son. This indigent family lives in a small brush hut along the Gulf of Mexico by the town of La Paz. One day Coyotito, is bitten by a scorpion; a scorpion sting can be deadly to a baby.With luck on their side, Kino finds a pearl the size of a seagull’s egg;but misfortune finds him as well.With all of the drastic decisions his life forces Kino to make ,he tends to makes the wrong choices.His choices make Kino seem Stubborn, Ruthless and Angry.
The aspect of the John Steinbeck novels, The Pearl and Of Mice and Men, that is most comparable is how, in both books, Steinbeck denies the main characters of each book, Kino and George and Lennie to change their role in life or to beat fate. Steinbeck’s grim outlook of life was perhaps brought on through his early failures and poverty, because all three of the pre-mentioned characters had opportunities to change their fate or role but failed. The elements of discussion are Kino, George and Lennie, a comparison and a contrast.
John Steinbeck’s novella, The Pearl, is written as a parable, which allows the reader to interpret its themes in their own way. It can take place in any time period, with any setting, and using any protagonist. The themes Steinbeck used throughout his book are universal and can applied to anyone’s lives. Its contrasting portrayal of good and evil creates a clear understanding of themes such as greed, illusions, and humanity and reason versus animalism and instinct.
“And Kino heard the music of the pearl, distorted and insane” (89). In The Pearl by John Steinbeck, a poor pearl diver and his family finds the pearl of the world and their life changes. These words reflect a once perfect pearl that changes throughout the book. The Pearl, the doctor, and the pearl buyers’ appearances manipulate Kino and his family and they discover that these objects and people are not what the first appear as. Through the use of characterization and symbolism, the author illustrates how first appearances are deceitful.
John Steinbeck's The Pearl tells the story of a pearl diver named Kino. Kino lives a simple life, and adores his family. At the beginning of the story Steinbeck shows how content Kino’s family is. Everything seems to be going perfect for Kino and his family that is until the discovery of the most wonderful pearl in the world changes his life forever. As the story advances Kino’s newborn, Coyotito gets bitten by a scorpion. Kino’s wife, Juana insists that they take Coyotito to the town’s doctor. Inevitably the doctor refuses to help Coyotito because Kino is unable to make a payment.
Steinbeck begins his novel by introducing the conflict that puts Kino on his quest. Kino awakens to find his child bitten by a scorpion. After rushing to the doctor’s house, he realizes that he did not have a sufficient amount of money to pay for the doctor’s service. Later that day, the narrator reveals that Kino’s wife, “had not prayed directly for the recovery of the baby she had prayed that they might find a pearl for which to hire the doctor to cure the baby…” Therefore, as Kino was searching, he came upon a pearl that he knew would be enough to save his son. At the end of chapter 2, this is where Kino begins his quest to find a buyer and save his son.
The pearl, composed by John Steinbeck, highlights the journey of an impoverished family that struggles to save their child while ignoring the evils and prejudice of their community. Kino, the father, discovers the Pearl of the world, which he desires to sell as payment for treating his child. However, the greed that follows the pearl corrupts the content and happy family prior the discovery of the treasure as they struggle to forsake the consequences of their creation. The author expresses symbolic changes in the pearl that can distinguish as opportunity, greed, and destruction.
In the book The Pearl, Kino and Juana live a tough life in La Paz, Mexico with their beloved new born Coyotito. They are considered outsiders, and aren't as gifted as the wealthy social class. One day, Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion, and is filled with poison. To be healed, Coyotito need’s a Doctor, but Kino and Juana don’t have enough money to support the cost. The only option is finding a valuable pearl. These pearls are like…………….. Out of a miracle, Kino finds a beautiful, stunning, and breathtaking pearl. He was beyond excited, and it meant the world to him. Though this precious pearl was a life changing event, it had some bad twists. Throughout the book, the pearl symbolizes evil, good, and the future to Kino, but jealousy throughout
For example, Kino was given the chance to get rid of the pearl many times. He could have given the pearl to the doctor or priest. He also could have sold the pearl for the 1,500 pesos the pearl buyers offered. That itself is a large sum of money. Kino should have been grateful and taken the money. The voices of reason were with Kino throughout most of these events. Steinbeck mentions, “Perhaps, some argued, perhaps it would have been better if Kino took the one thousand five hundred pesos.” (53) One voice(s) of reason was his neighbors. They said that Kino should have taken the money. Kino’s brother Juan Tomás was also there to provide reason. Juan repeatedly stated that Kino should get rid of the pearl as soon as the chance pops up. The biggest voice of reason was Kino’s wife, Juana. Not only did she try to reason with Kino, she also tried to get rid of the pearl herself. Juana states in the story that Kino needed to get rid of the pearl as it is evil. One night she tries to take the pearl and throw it in the ocean. If Kino had just let it go, the pearl would have been gone, and their troubles would have
Juana, the wife to fisherman Kino, is one of the main characters in The Pearl. Coming from poverty, Juana and her husband live a minimalist life, as her simple clothes show (a battered blue head shawl and skirt, and a green ribbon knotted in her braids). Many themes in the story revolve around her. Although Juana understands her role to be a subservient and passive wife, she is smart, brave, and determined throughout the novella. Symbolizing the power and strength of women, Juana gradually becomes dominant over her husband. Juana’s second role in The Pearl is to be the protective mother of her son, Coyotito. Last, she is wise and logical in troubling times and acts as the voice of reason. Juana’s words and actions emphasize her various roles in The Pearl.
The discovery of the "magnificent" pearl changed the lives of Kino and Juana severely because they were not used to this kind of wealth. Before they found the pearl, Kino and Juana lived a happy, humble and quiet life. "Kino heard the little splash of the morning waves on the beach. It was very good - Kino closed his eyes again to listen to his music."(Pg. 1-2) Kino loved the simple life; nevertheless whenever things were beginning to look good and simple something went wrong.