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The Pearl Essay

  • Submitted by: Edisthebeast
  • on August 18, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 616 words

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The Pearl
        The Pearl by John Steinbeck is about how a marvelous pearl can change a person's life and purpose. In this novella the author talks about how wealth changed Kino into an animal and then to a machine.. Who is responsible for the tragedy that happened at the end of the book?
The novella starts out with Coyotito getting stinged by a scorpion and gets really ill. His parents Kino and Juana take him to a doctor, but the doctor refuses to help them because they had nothing to offer him. Kino gets angry and goes diving to find pearls to give to the doctor so he can cure Coyotito. Out of nowhere he finds a pearl that is rare and valuable. When he gets home he starts talking about what he's going to do with the money when he sells the pearl. This does not show greed because he wants what's best for his family. For example, he says,”My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know-he will know and through him he will know”(Steinbeck p.26). In this passage Kino tells his neighbors that his son will go to read and be successful in life. He also wants to get married with Juana. So his intentions were not bad.
          When Kino goes to sell the pearl he makes sure that he gets the best price. He goes to all kinds of pearl buyers that want to buy it off him but he does not trust them. So he chose to go to the city and sell it for a better price. Coyotito and Juana accompanied Kino on his trip to sell the pearl. On the way there Juana tries to convince Kino to throw the pearl back into the sea because she feared that it will destroy him. He refused so she got the pearl at night and she thought of throwing the pearl away. But,”He struck her in the face with his clenched fist and she fell among the boulders, and he kicked her in the side”(Steinbeck p.59). Kino has completely changed into a kind and loving person to a cruel and terrifying...

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