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Symbolism in the Pearl

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John Harris

on 15 December 2014

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Transcript of Symbolism in the Pearl

The Scorpion
What Is Symbolism?
The Scorpion (Cont.)
Scorpions often symbolize the corruption of innocence in literature. However, in The Pearl the scorpion represents a seemingly arbitrary and unmotivated evil that exists in mankind.
The Pearl
The pearl symbolizes humankind's underlying greed and selfishness. It brings out the worst of people in their want for it. They lie and arson and think of favours that Kino might owe them, in attempts to get the pearl. It also shows how greed can destroy happiness. Kino's discovery of the pearl leads to the destruction of every thing he held dear, the exact opposite of what he thought the pearl would bring.

There are many examples of symbolism in the novel,
The Pearl by: John Steinbeck
. The three examples of symbolism that we have chosen are the pearl, the scorpion and the songs in Kino's head.
By: Emily, Eleanor, Lucas and John
Symbolism in literature is when the author puts in details in the work like objects, characters, figures, and colours that are meant to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
The Song of Evil
Symbolism in The Pearl
Opinions on the Book
Song of family

The Song of Evil is a sinister melody that recurs throughout the story. The song of evil comes when anything threatens Kino's family. The song of evil represents Kino's internal struggle of whether to keep the pearl, destroy it, or try his luck selling it in La Paz.
We found that the novel,
The Pearl,
as a great and interesting read. Although, we found that Steinbeck stayed very true to the folk tale, but he also put his own spin on the classic story, making it seem fresh and relevant.
The pearl also symbolizes wealth. In a small indigenous village where the main resource is pearls, finding a pearl as big as Kino did is like winning the lottery. Everyone wants a piece of the prize. People want money, in whatever shape or form, be it the fee for the doctor or the payoff from the pearl buyer or the possible charity of Kino. It's not until someone dies because of the pearl that people realize its influence.
So in conclusion, there were many examples of symbolism in,
The Pearl by: John Steinbeck
. But the most significant to the novel were, the pearl, a testament to man's greed, the songs inside of Kino's head, the indication of emotion and struggle, the scorpion, a bringer of evil.
In the beginning of the novel, Coyotito is stung by a scorpion, and brought to the doctor who refused to help him, and he becomes very sick.
The Song of Family is the melody that Kino hears often when he is with his family, and in their routines. It's the music of their life together and reflects their peaceful interaction with one another, even in silence.
The Pearl (cont.)
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