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The Pearl -- Song Project
Transcript of The Pearl -- Song Project
October 10, 2013
The Song of the Family
The song "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars is a good representation of Steinbeck's The Pearl, Song of the Family, because both songs have a positive tune and a good vibe. Also, in "Count on Me," by Bruno Mars sings "'You can count on me like 1-2-3 and i"ll be there.'" (Bruno Mars) This example reflects a similar idea in the song "The Song of the Family" because the song talks about how he is always there for his friends, which relates to The Pearl, Song of the Family, where Kino's family can always count on each other, and are always there for one other no matter what comes there way. Both, "the Song of the Family", and "Count on Me" also show the literary device of imagery. In The Pearl's "Song of the Family," Steinbeck wrote "'In Kino's head there was a song now, clear and soft, and if he had been able to speak it, he would have called it the Song of the Family.'" (page 2) This is an example of imagery because by saying the song was clear and soft, it gives readers the picture that the song was very melodic, simple and had a very happy tune. Similarly in "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars sings "'If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea, i"ll sail the world to find you.'" (Bruno Mars) This is also an example of imagery because it paints a picture in the audience's mind and appeals to their senses. Both "songs" express the happiness and the simplicity of their situations.
Count On Me by Bruno Mars
Song of the Pearl
The song "Let it Be" by the Beatles is a great representation of Steinbeck's The Pearl, "Song of the Pearl," and are similar because both songs show hope and that sometimes things don't always turn out the way you plan them to, and you just have to let it be. In "Let it Be," The Beatles sings "'And When the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me, Shine until tomorrow." (The Beatles) This example showcases a similar idea in the "Song of the Pearl," because they both send the message to keep going. For example the "Song of the Pearl" plays in Kino's mind when he needs motivation to continue on. Both "songs" also use the literary device of symbolism. In The Pearl's "Song of the Pearl," Steinbeck wrote, "'And Kino thrust the pearl back into his clothing, and the music of the pearl had become sinister in his ears and it was interwoven with the music of evil.'" (Page 94)This is an example of symbolism because it reflects Kino's life and the fact that what he wanted in the beginning which in this case is the pearl and the wealth took a negative turn. Also, his decision to keep the pearl had consequences and he had no other choice but to let it be and keep going. Similarly in "Let it Be" the Beatles sing "'let it be, let it be, let it be."(The Beatles) This is also an example of symbolism because they are singing about how in your life you make choices which can affect your life in different was, and you just need to let it be, and let fate do its work. Both "songs" represent how sometimes in life you have to put up with what life throws at you because of the choices you made.
Let It Be By The Beatles
Song of Evil
The song "Pumped Up Kicks," by Foster the People is an ideal representation of Steinbecks the Pearl "Song of Evil," because they both send a message of danger. In "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People sings, "'But he's coming for you, yea he's coming for you'." (Foster The People) This example represents a similar idea in the "Song of Evil" because both, Kino's feelings when the "Song of Evil" plays, and the message behind the song "Pumped Up Kicks" represents that they didn't get their way in a situation they faced. Both "songs" also express the literary device of personification. In the Pearl's "Song of Evil" Steinbeck wrote, "'His teeth were bared and fury flared in his eyes and the Song of the Enemy roared in his ears.'" (page 7) This is an example of personification because it is giving the human quality of roaring to a non-living object which in this case is the "Song of the Enemy." Similarly in "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People sang "'You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.'" (Foster the People) This is also an example of personification because bullets can't run. Therefore it is personification. Both "songs" captivate the feeling of potential danger and anger.
Pumped Up Kicks
By Foster the People
Song of Personality
The song "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars is a fabulous representation of my Song of Personality because to be honest, I'm a very lazy person. In "The Lazy Song" Bruno Mars sings "'Today I don't feel like doing anything, I just wanna lay in my bed." (Bruno Mars) This example is significant because every morning I wake up thinking I'll get work done but in reality I know that isn't happening so i just lay in my bed all day and do nothing at all for hours and hours. Whenever I hear this song I get all happy inside and start singing along but then i realize I'm actually doing something #eww and that just makes sad so i go in a corner and sleep.
The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars. "Count On Me" YouTube. Web. 10 October 2013
Bruno Mars. "The Lazy Song" YouTube. Web. 10 October 2013
Foster the People. "Pumped Up Kicks" YouTube. Web. 10 October 2013
Steinbeck, John. The Pearl. New York: Penguin, 1976. Print.
The Beatles. "Let It Be" YouTube. Web. 10 October 2013