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Motifs From The Pearl

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on 14 March 2014

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Transcript of Motifs From The Pearl

Kino is a man of nature from the time he first finds the pearl, to the moment he throws it back from where it came from. Kino relies on nature for his shelter, food, and any money he possesses. If nature hadn't been there, he wouldn't have the brush he used to build his house, the pearls he uses to finance his life, and the food he uses to feed himself and his family. Nature in the novel portrays both the innocence that Kino possessed at the beginning of the novel, and the darker side of nature, such as the struggle for survival he experiences at the end of the novel.
Kino's Songs
Kino's songs come at important times during the novel. For example, in Chapter 1, on page 2 the Song of Family comes to his mind . It is clear and soft, with a comforting tone that soothes Kino. It is also an important part of his family song, which has been in his family for generations. This, in time, comes to represent the innocence that once was Kino's life.
Additionally, the Song of Evil invades his mind when Kino spots the deadly scorpion above the sleeping Coyotito. It is a savage sounding song that represents all things evil to Kino's family. In my opinion, it sounds like a rapidly pumping heartbeat. This is based off the description on page 5. Please turn to page five to hear the narrator explain the Song of Evil.
Nature Imagery (Cont.)
Turn to the second paragraph on page 16 to see the narrator speak about the wonders of the ocean.
Turn to the last paragraph on page 42 to see the narrator speak about the scenery surrounding Kino
Turn to the second paragraph on page 76 to see the narrator speak about the area where Kino and his family flee to.
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Motifs From The Pearl
Nature Imagery
Kino's Songs (Continued)
Kino's Songs (Continued)
Lastly, the Song of the Pearl of the World represents when Kino is overtaken by the Pearl of the World's power. At first, the song of the pearl is smooth and shows him futures he can acquire with the pearl. However, soon, the pearl's music corrupts him. He is obsessed with money , and turns greedy. He cares about nothing that is not of value to him. Turn to page 24 to see what this song does and means to Kino.
Nature Imagery (Cont.)
Nature in the novel portrays the innocence that Kino possessed at the beginning of the novel. For instance, at the novel's beginning, Kino lives a simple life with his family. Not only does it portray his past innocence, but it also relates to the evil he endures at the novel's end. For instance, Kino struggles for survival he experiences at the end of the novel. He has to kill several men to get through the struggle.
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