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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Transcript of The Pearl by John Steinbeck
by John Steinbeck
A. The Pearl is set in La Paz, a community founded in 1535 by a Spanish explorer. At the time it was a small community that relied on the sea for many aspects of daily life. Interestingly, La Paz means “The Peace.” Fishing, mining, agriculture, and pearls are still part of the local economy today. About 250,000 people live in La Paz today, and enjoy the mild climate that ranges from 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
B. Kino and Juana, the main characters, have a simple and happy life, though they are poor. They have a mixture of the “old religion” and Roman Catholicism as their belief system.
D. Oral storytelling tradition is a huge part of this story. Oral tradition is when stories are passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. In The Pearl, many lessons can be learned, and that is probably why it is such a popular book still today.
Inferences- to draw a conclusion based on evidence from the literature
What is the most suspenseful part of the story?
Why is there a gap between rich and poor?
How is the different aspects of their religion in conflict with each other?
Chapter Two p. 13-20
Why is the boat so important?
What role does religion and supersition play in the story?
Is the melody of the pearl positive or negative?
Explain how illusion and reality play a part in the plot of "The Pearl".
How does Kino change after the discovery of the pearl?
How does the evil of the pearl affect people in the town?
What role does fear play in the plot of the story?
Explain the reactions of different characters to the pearl buyer's offers.
Were you surprise at the pearl buyer's actions?
What is important about the "song of evil?"
How does Juana's character remain steady throughout their experiences?
What were the three things that cut off escape?
Do you think that Kino or Juana is a stronger character? Why? (What is "strong?")
What negative character trait do the trackers represent?
What irony is present in this chapter?
What is the significance of the pool of life?
Which character changes the most? Why?
Is the music of the pearl synonymous with the song of evil?
C. Steinbeck’s novel, The Pearl, is related to the biblical parable quoted below.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:45-46 (New King James Version)
Greed does not pay
Money is the root of all evil
Greed often over reaches itself
Money can destroy you
A person should be careful with riches
The MORAL of a story is the lesson that is taught.
The Goose With the Golden Eggs
One day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found
there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find nothing.
Use notebook paper to write your story in six short sections (1-2 sentences each). Then transfer them to the folded book and draw a picture for each section. You must have a creative title on the front and a moral statement on the back.
What does it mean to "read your life into a story?"
What significance do you think the quote has on the way you read the story?
Describe Mathilde's major characteristics.
List all of the things that Mathilde needs for the ball. Why is she never satisfied?
How do Mathilde and her husband repay their new debt?
How does the ending put greed into perspective?
symbolism of song of the pearl
symbolism of the song of evil
what makes a man
Kino's character change
comparison of Kino and Juana
role of family
the town as a "colonial animal"
foreshadowing of major events
influence of two religions
symbolism of light and dark
conflict of man vs. society
the plight of the poor, uneducated man
In The Pearl, the image of the town as a "colonial animal" greatly enhances way information spreads.
Foreshadowing allows the author of The Pearl to create an ominous tone throughout the story.
Kino and Juana's view of "being a man" makes it necessary for Kino to throw the pearl into the ocean in the resolution of the plot.
In The Pearl, the author uses _______ (element) to/in/throughout ________ [because ________].
The author demonstrates the dominant theme of The Pearl, _____________________, in several ways. First, __________ (character) ______________________________________ (action, words or thoughts of the character). Another way the author shows the theme of ______________ is when _________________.
Finally, when ______________ (character or event) _________________________ (action, words, or thoughts) the reader knows that the theme is ____________________________.