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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Transcript of The Pearl by John Steinbeck
(wife of Kino)
(infant son of Juana and Kino)
(Kino's older brother)
(wife of Juan Tomas)
(fat and greedy doctor)
(try to find and kill Kino and his family)
(try to buy Kino's pearl at an unfair price)
*Kino and Juana
Kino and Juana go through many hardships while having the Pearl. They face many dangers, and loose their first baby.
When the news of Kino's great find -the "Pearl of the World"- spreads through the small town, no one suspects its power to deceive, to corrupt, to destroy..
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the Gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon". With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security...
*The Pearl and the Trackers
The pearl brings tragedy and evil into Kino and Juana's lives. The Trackers are part of the evil, because they try to find and kill Kino's family, in order to get the Pearl.
This story takes place in La Paz, Mexico.
Major Event #1
One peaceful morning, Kino woke up to hear the Song of The Family. Everything was calm and still. After Kino and Juana had breakfast, they saw a tiny movement in Coyotito's box. They froze in terror as they saw a scorpion head straight for Coyotito. After a struggle to keep the scorpion away from Coyotito, the scorpion ended up stinging Coyotito.
Major Event #2
Kino and Juana desperately go in search for a pearl, because they need it in order to pay the doctor to cure Coyotito. Kino then dives in search for a pearl. He finds an oyster and senses that it is ''the one''. He opens it with his knife an finds a pearl as big as a seagull's egg, the "Pearl of the World".
Major Event #3
After many tragedies and evil, Juana and Kino decide to do what they should have done earlier. After going through many hardships, like having Coyotito shot in the head and killed by Trackers, Kino and Juana get rid of the evil Pearl by tossing it far out into the sea.
The conflict is the Pearl. Though it may seem that Kino and Juana were very lucky to find it, that is not the truth. The Pearl brought evil, darkness, and tragedies into their lives. Because of the Pearl, Kino killed people, they lost their house and boat, the top of Coyotito's head was shot off, they had to run out of their town, and Kino hit Juana.
The conflict was solved when Kino and Juana tossed the evil Pearl far out into the sea. If they had done this earlier, they wouldn't have lost their infant son, their home, their boat, and their happiness.
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About the Author
John Steinbeck (1902-1968), born in Salinas, California, came from a family of moderate means. He worked his way through college at Stanford University, but never graduated. In 1925 he went to New York, where he tried for a few years to establish himself as a free-lance writer, but he failed and returned to California. After publishing some novels and short stories, Steinbeck first became widely known with
(1935), a series of humorous stories about Monterrey paisanos.