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FC: The Pearl By John Steinbeck

1: Blake Morrison 4th period Mrs. Crew 2/11/10

2: John Steinbeck (1902-1968) John was born on February 2, 1902 into an Irish/German family. He lived on in a small rural town that gave him inspiration for some of his best novels. Then John graduated from high school and attended Standford University although he ended up leaving without a degree. After long years of traveling and marital issues John dead of a congestive heart disease on December 20, 1968. His body was cremated and interred at the Hilton family grave site at Garden of Memories Memorial Park

4: La Paz, Baja California Settled by Hernan Cortes in 1535 and named the new settlement Santa Cruz but abandoned it several years later. Then in 1596 Sebastian Vizcaino arrived and re-named it "La Paz". Climate : typically dry, warm, and sunny ( averages 300 days of sun per year) Population: 189,176

6: Juana Mother of Coyotito and wife of Kino. Traits : strong willed and obedient. Coyotito Son of Kino and Juana.

7: Kino Father of Coyotito and husband of Juana | Juan Tomas Kino's brother husband of Apolina

8: Summary Chapter 1 In chapter one the story introduces Kino, Juana, and Coyotito. When they wake up Kino has breakfast with Juana and it describes his special talent of hearing songs within his environment. Then Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion, and they rush him to the doctor, but he refuses to treat him. | Chapter 2 In chapter two it shows what the Indians do for a living and explains how Kino finds the pearl. Kino goes pearl hunting and comes across a huge oyster, and inside is a magnificent pearl that can be used to pay for Coyotito's education.

9: Chapter 3 In this chapter Kino dreams on the possibilities of what he could do with the pearl. Also the doctor tricks kino by by making Coyotito sick and pretending the venom was killing him so he would have to pay for treatment. Chapter 4 Kino goes to sell his magnificent pearl in this chapter. ALthough he doesn't know that the pearl buyers are plotting against Kino to get a lower price from him. Kino refuses then gets attacked later that night for the first time by cloaked men.

10: Chapter 5 In chapter 5 Juana becomes angry with what the pearl has done to them so she attempts to destroy the pearl by throwing it into the ocean. Kino manages to stop her, but then he catches a cloaked thief and kills him. Then Kino sets out to sell his pearl in La Capita and escape the trackers coming after him. Chapter 6 Chapter six is a very sad chapter because Kino has to fight three trackers set out to capture or kill them. Kino manages to kill all three but at a cost because Coyotito gets shot before Kino could get to the tracker with the rifle. After Kino and Juana return to the village battered and beaten and finally throw the pearl back into the ocean.

11: Moral of the Story I believe that the moral of this story is of wealth and true wealth. "Wealth" can be money or material items that over time become valueless, but "true wealth" isn't something that can be bought or bargained for. It is having a house to live in, or a family with a wife and kid that love you. Kino let human nature take him over because as people we have a natural urge to be come powerful and have fame and fortune. Learning to resist it and enjoying what you have is "true wealth" in my eyes.

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