What Is The Tone Of The Pearl By John Steinbeck

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Picture walking down a road and picking up a lottery ticket, then later finding out that it was the winning ticket. That is essentially what happens to the character, Kino, when he finds a great pearl in the story The Pearl by John Steinbeck. In the book Kino and his family soon learn that wealth can drastically change people in a negative way. Author John Steinbeck includes a scene leading up to this in which Kino feels alone and fails to see a thin dog in the pearl to show how power and riches can affect life negatively. When he writes this scene he tries to present a shift in Kino’s values. The conflict in this scene is somewhat person versus person. Leading off, Steinbeck uses multiple tones to show readers how Kino thinks. One of these could be an appreciative tone. The Author conveys how in tune with nature Kino is. This is displayed when Steinbeck writes the line, “A thin, timid dog cam close and at a soft word from Kino curled up… and laid its chin delicately on a the pile”(Steinbeck 3). Then, instead of this happy tone the Author has a bitter tone towards Kino after the scene where when the dog comes up and Kino does not even notice the dog, Steinbeck writes “The thin dog came to him… and Kino looked down at it and didn’t see it”(Steinbeck 28). …show more content…

For example, when Steinbeck writes “Kino closed his eyes again to listen to his music… The song of the family”, he is giving Kino an impression on the reader that makes the reader know that Kino loves his family(Steinbeck 2). Subsequently, In the scene with the dog Kino is characterized as a self-centered person who is only worried about himself because of his lack of observation towards the dog. This is shown in the line, “...the scraping crickets and shrilling tree frogs and croaking toads”(steinbeck 28). The Author used this scene to re-characterize Kino to show how much the pearl is altering his

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