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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

In the beginning of the book, the pearl represents promise and ambition.
"And in the incandescence of the pearl the pictures formed of the things Kino's mind had considered in the past and had given up as impossible." (Page 24)
Symbol #3
Towards the end of the book, the pearl represents greed and destructiveness.
"Kino looked down at her and his teeth were bared. He hissed at her like a snake, and Juana stared at him with wide unfrightened eyes, like a sheep before the butcher." (Page 59)
Symbol #2
In the middle of the book, the pearl represents jealousy.
"Every man 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 every one..." (Page 23)
Reader Analysis: Making Connections
Much like the goddess Hera in Greek mythology, the doctor shows jealousy. In Greek mythology, Hera, Zeus's wife, would be jealous and take revenge on women in Zeus's other relationships. For example, when Zeus loved Lamia, the queen of Libya, Hera murdered their children and turned Lamia into a monster. When the doctor finds out about Kino's find, he goes to Kino's house and realizes that the previously sick baby has recovered. Because he is envious that Kino has found "the pearl of the world" and he hasn't, he gives the baby powder to make him sick, curing him for a cost later in the story. In conclusion, these two stories are connected because they both are about people who are intolerant of someone's possesions.
Just like The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, optimism is shown in the beginning of the story. For example, when Kino finds his pearl, he dreams of all the things he can now do with this new fortune, and he is looking into the future at his good prospects . Although he is suddenly affluent, the main thing Kino wants is to educate his son, Coyotito. In The Miracle Worker, when Annie Sullivan has a breakthrough with Helen Keller, they are looking forward to improvement in Helen's learning and a better quality of life for all of them. As you can see, these two texts connect because they both are about the good future and new opportunities ahead.
Reader Analysis: Analyzing Quotations
The author uses the quotation, "'This pearl has become my soul,' said Kino. 'If I give it up I shall lose my soul,'" (Page 67) to show how Kino has changed as the story progresses. In the beginning, Kino desires for reasonable things with his pearl, and he is grateful for what he has. All he desires is to get married, to have new clothes, to own a rifle, and to educate his son. However, as the story continues, he becomes more and more greedy with the pearl's value. His gratefulness for his family disappears, and all he can think about is his pearl. For example, Kino even kills a man just to protect the pearl. This quotation really shows how he has become attached to the pearl because he compares the pearl to his soul, saying that without the pearl, he is not himself anymore.
Symbol #1
Reader Analysis: Making Connections
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""The Pearl" by John Steinbeck My Response Chapters 4-6." Today's Featured Discussions. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. <http://youthvoices.net/discussion/pearl-john-steinbeck-my-response-chapters-4-6>.

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