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The Pearl Introduction- John Steinbeck
Transcript of The Pearl Introduction- John Steinbeck
•The Pearl was written by American author John Steinbeck
•The Pearl is a novella: a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel
•The novella was published 1947
•Steinbeck is famous for writing The Grapes of Wrath
•The folk tale is related to the biblical parable, The Pearl of Great Price
•A parable is a short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point, it is similar to a fable except fables often have animals that speak and act like humans. •Kino lives with his wife, Juana and his baby son, Coyotito
•Kino and the people who live along the beach in La Paz are simple folk who are poor and are often taken advantage of by richer classes. While we are reading The Pearl, we will explore different themes, conflict, tone, mood, setting, and symbolism. Introduction to John Steinbeck's The Pearl Symbolism - The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships. Things to Keep in Mind! About The Pearl Cont'd The Pearl Audio Recording Part 1, Ch. 1 Steinbeck is a prolific American writer and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962
•Steinbeck died in 1968 but his works remain popular today
•Steinbeck wrote The Pearl after hearing a Mexican folk tale after visiting La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Background Info Cont'd! Here is a photo gallery of my trip to Mexico from this past summer.
Since the setting for The Pearl takes place in La Paz, Mexico, it is helpful for readers to be able to connect with the characters in the novella by being able to picture where Kino and Juana live. Mexico Picture Gallery Information Cont'd Information Cont'd The Pearl can also be considered an allegory: the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.
•The Pearl revolves around Kino, a simple pearl diver in La Paz, Mexico -Kino and Juana's religion is a mixture of Roman Catholicism and the “old religion”
•The novella explores the negative consequences of sudden wealth