The reason that Kino and Juana went searching for something of value was because Coyotito needed to be healed by the doctor. Once they found the “wonderful” pearl there was no longer a use for it. Juana’s seaweed cure had worked and now there was no need for the pearl. Kino only wanted to use it for things that weren’t necessary such as a wedding with Juana, with whom he was already married, and a rifle which he didn’t
“The two came from the rutted country road into the city, and they were not walking in single file… as usual, but side by side” (Steinbeck 88). The quote identifies that even after all the stuff they have gone through, they will always be together. This quote also shows that Kino’s greed has changed into equality with Juana because Juana is all he has left. “He was immune and terrible, and his song had become a battle cry” (Steinbeck, 89) This quote shows Kino’s frustration has changed his thoughts of what he had before. This also shows Kino’s realization of the evil of the pearl and his guilt for not realizing sooner or paying attention to Juana. At last, Kino’s internal conflicts have taken over with the emotions he feels after
The stranger attacks Kino in an attempt to find the pearl and steal it. Kino’s actions are described as follows, “His right hand went into his shirt and felt his knife… he stood up and walked to the doorway” (55) Kino is attacked and Steinbeck tells the reader how Juana reacts. “Kino lay on the ground, struggling to ride… Juana dropped her stone, and she put her arms around Kino and helped him to his feet… blood oozed down…” (56) These passages show that since Kino is the owner of a highly valued and highly wanted material possession, there have been events that have been violent. Kino was bleeding and bruised because of the greed of another person. This is an example of materialism/greed leading to immoral and violent
Kino is the tragic hero. “This pearl has become my soul. If I give it up, I shall lose my soul.” (page 67). This quote states that Kino won’t give up the pearl because he has become greedy. One of the reasons why Kino is a tragic hero is because he is greedy. “My son will go to school...we will be married...we will
In the first twenty stanzas, the Pearl author describes the Pearl in a mournful adoration. Early on, he falls into a sleep and dreams about a maiden adorned in pearls and in her bosom, a large pearl, the one he has searched and mourned for. He calls out to the Pearl, relating his emptiness he has held since he lost it. But soon, we discover that the Pearl indeed has more than an earthly quality to it. As many discovered, the author might have written this about his daughter. In fact, when the narrator addresses the pearl within the maiden’s bosom, he, more than likely, addresses the maiden instead of the pearl. Searching high and low for his pearl, the narrator shows us that the pearl takes the form of his daughter, or some a young female he loved dearly. Presenting more than just a case of a lost possession, the maiden demonstrates and expounds on the topic of grief with Christian doctrine, encouraging the mourning jeweler that he indeed has a purpose to live. She points him to a higher purpose and goal:
The Pearl not having a specific time of when it took place, is about two parents, Kino and Juana, poor like George and Lennie, attempting to pay for a doctor’s appointment for their child (Coyotito) who received a scorpion sting with an abnormally large sized pearl but having the misfortune that they get an unfair estimate on the value of that said pearl. Ultimately leading to them throwing the pearl back where it came from, the ocean.
In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Kino shows us how foolish he is by blindly trusting those around him. This can be notably seen when Kino is observing his wife tending to their baby with seaweed after their failed attempt to go get the doctor. “She (Juana) gathered some brown seaweed and made a flat damp poultice of it, and this she applied to the baby 's shoulder, which was as good a remedy as any and probably better than the doctor could have done.”(Steinbeck 15). Yet later he takes
Symbolism is a technique used by all writers, and The Scarlet Letter is no exception. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is full of symbolism. Actually Hawthorne is one of the most prolific symbolist in American literature. Characters, events, relationships, feelings, and even weather are part of or are symbolism. Pearl is a complicated symbol of an act of love and passion. This child is not meant to be a realistic character but rather a symbol of Hester’s sin, blessing and scarlet letter. Pearl is the scarlet letter, a blessing and curse, and the love and passion of a dangerous relationship.
In The Pearl, events in Kino’s life cause him to change from the beginning to the end of the story. “ It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.” This is a quote from The Pearl shows that Kino is content with his life. Even though Kino is poor he is happy and not searching for other things to come into his life. “ ...Juana stared at him with wide unfrightened eyes like a sheep before the butcher. She knew there was murder in him…” This shows that the pearl is taking over kino and that the pearl is bad.He killed a man due to the fact that the
Their reason was simple: Kino had found the ‘Pearl of the World”. Kino looks deep into the pearl to see the glories and bright future for him and his family: he properly weds Juana, sends Coyotito to a good school, and lives a successful life. The doctor accepts to treating Coyotito, which gives the couple some worry. Kino repeatedly buries and unearths the pearl which gives Juana some concern. Later Kino sees a person near his hut, assumes it is a thief, attacks, and fails to catch the entity. Juana pleads for Kino to get rid of the pearl, he talks her into relief and assurance that he will sell the pearl. Kino arrives at a pearl dealer’s store, only to be told that the pearl is only worth a small
The Scarlet Letter written by author Nathaniel Hawthorne is an American novel based on sin and the act of Adultery. This novel is based on the early days of the Massachusetts colony and shows how differently crimes are approached then from now. Hester Prynne commits the unfaithful crime of Adultery and not only does she have to serve for her punishment, but her daughter serves for it as well. Pearl, the symbol of an act of forbidden love and passion has to live with being the reminder of her mother 's misconduct for her entire life. Growing up in a small town with her reputation, it is hard for Pearl to have any kind of normality in her life. Pearl is unlike the other children in many ways, she is an outcast and does not have a friendly relationship
Pearl, throughout the book, shows everyone in a new light. Through the eyes of a child, filled with understanding. Wanting to learn more about the people around her, lets us also get to read more of them in depth. Making Pearl essential to the book, from her birth giving the main plot of the story, to her being treated by the millionairess elders of the town, and finally being awaken into the new world, through so many deaths.
He also used symbolism to show how the greed of Kino changed how the pearl looked from the beginning to the end. “And the pearl was ugly; it was gray, like a malignant growth” (Steinbeck 86). This quote shows how the pearl changed from the best thing that ever happened to Kino and his family to the worst. The greed in Kino changed from being thankful for the pearl to being someone that wants power and all of these items to show his power. From beginning to end he changed from a guy happy with his corn cakes to a murderer that wanted power and
In the beginning of this passage, Kino lived a happy life with his family. Sure they didn't have a lot of money, nor did Coyotito have an education, but they still had each other. Then their lives completely changed when a scorpion stung their son. In chapter one, it says, ¨And one of the streaks fell on the hanging box where Coyotito lay, and on the ropes that held it. It was a tiny movement that drew their eyes to the hanging box. Kino and Juana froze in their positions. Down the rope that hung the baby´s box from the roof support a scorpion moved slowly. His stinging tail was straight out behind him, but he could whip it up in a flash of time……Kino's hand leaped to catch it, but it fell past his finger, fell on the baby's shoulder, landed and struck……Coyotito screamed with pain in his box.¨ (517-518) This excerpt is just the beginning of when their lives fall apart.
While reading John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, I noticed numerous similarities to Of Mice and Men. The first one being the strong emphasis on the importance of family. In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie were basically family, seeing as how George never failed to protect Lennie, even when Lennie got into trouble. For instance, when Lennie caused a commotion in Weed, George stuck by him, helping him escape. In The Pearl, Kino struggles to provide for Juana and Coyotito. I think that Kino was so persistent to keep the pearl because he knew that with it, he would be able to send Coyotito to school and have a real wedding with Juana. With the pearl Kino felt that he could protect his family. In the end, the pearl ended up tearing apart the very thing he was trying to protect, his family. Similarly, in Of Mice and Men, with George’s strong intent to protect Lennie, he was forced to kill Lennie. Contrasting with Of Mice and Men, I do feel that Coyotito’s death was not necessarily caused by a will to protect, but it was