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The Pearl

2i EngB HL
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Nora Hajar

on 8 December 2014

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Transcript of The Pearl

Born: 26 February 1902

Died: 20 December 1968

Wrote the book The Pearl: 1944-1945

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962
THE PEARL
John Steinbeck
Characters
Kino - hardworking pearldiver
Juana - Kino's wife
Coyotitio - Kino's son
Doctor - Cruel, ignorant, greedy
Priest - "Good"
Juan Thomas - Kino's brother, caring
Apolonia - Juan Thomas's wife

Plot
Structure & Setting
By: John Steinbeck
The Pearl
Theme

Symbols
Plot
External Conflict
Coyotito and the scorpion
Internal Conflict
Kino's inner fight

Questions?
The servant from the gate came to the open door and stood waiting to be noticed.
"Yes?" the doctor asked.
"It is a little Indian with a baby. He says a scorpion stung it."
The doctor put his cup down gently before he let his anger rise.
"Have I nothing better to do than cure insect bites for 'little Indians'? I am a doctor, not a veterinary."
"Yes, Patron," said the servant.
"Has he any money?" the doctor demanded. "No, they never have any money. I, I alone in the world am supposed to work for nothing- and I am tired of it. See if he has any money!"
At the gate the servant opened the door a trifle and looked out at the waiting people.
And this time he spoke in the old language.
"Have you money to pay for the treatment?"
Now Kino reached into a secret place somewhere under his blanket. He brought out a paper folded many times. Crease by crease he unfolded it, until at last there came to view eight small misshapen seed pearls, as ugly and gray as little ulcers, flattened and almost valueless. The servant took the paper and closed the gate again, but this time he was not gone long.
He opened the gate just wide enough to pass the paper back.
"The doctor has gone out," he said. "He was called to a serious case." And he shut the gate quickly out of shame.

Excerpts
The Pearl -
Good/Evil
Scorpion -
Destruction of innocence
Brush house -
Safety
Canoe -
Cultural traditions

The doctor said, "I was not in when you came this morning. But now, at the first chance, I have come to see the baby."
Kino stood in the door, filling it, and hatred raged and flamed in back of his eyes, and fear too, for the hundreds of years of subjugation were cut deep in him.
"The baby is nearly well now," he said curtly.
The doctor smiled, but his eyes in their little lymph-lined hammocks did not smile. He said, "Sometimes, my friend, the scorpion sting has a curious effect. There will be
apparent improvement, and then without warning- pouf!" He pursed his lips and made a little explosion to show how quick it could be...
The Pearl - The Movie
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Structure
6 chapters
chronological order
3rd person omniscient
Good vs. Evil
Family - Good, Greed - Evi
l

Family
Safety, warmth, power


Greed
Greed is a destructive force. It will corrupt and destroy all that is good in the world

Primitivity
Animalistic instincts taking over
Kill-or-be-killed


Setting (place):
Mexican coastal village called La Paz
Setting (time):
Unclear, possibly late nineteenth
Published:
1947
Original Language:
English
Type of work:
Novella
Genre:
Parable, Allegory
Tense:
Past
(protagonist)
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