S: The Pearl
FC: The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1: Project by Kiara Washington Mrs. Crew Period 6 November 1,2010 | Project by Kiara Washington Mrs. Crew Period 6 November 1,2010
3: John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. He grew up about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast which was would be a setting for some of his best fiction. John attended Stanford University in 1919 ,where he majored in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without his degree. After leaving he worked as a laborer and a journalist in New York City. Two of John's more famous books are The Grapes Of Wrath and Of Mice And Men.
4: This is an example of the place where the doctor lives. | This is an example of where Kino and his people lived.
5: Setting The setting of the story is in La Paz, Mexico around the late 19th century. The doctor lived in the wealthy side of town; and Kino lived in the poor brush houses.
6: Kino the husband of Juana and the father of Coyotito. He is the main character in the story.
7: Juana is the wife of Kino and the mother of Coyotito. She is peaceful and calm.
8: The doctor of La Paz is a racist, greedy man.
9: Coyotito is the son of Juana and Kino.
10: Chapter One Chapter one begins with Kino, main character, waking up beside his wife. The scene is then described. Juana prepares breakfast, and Kino and she eat. Then Juana noticed when a scorpion crawled on the baby's hanging box. Juana repeated magic to prevent the scorpion from biting the baby. Coyotito moved, and the scorpion stung him in the shoulder. Afterwards, Kino and Juana went into town to take the baby to the doctor. The doctor didn't like Kino’s race; and Kino didn't have any money. So, the doctor told the servant that he was off to a more important case. Kino got mad, and struck the gate bars.
11: Chapter Two Chapter two begins creating an image of the town and the beach. Kino and Juana are going to Kino’s canoe. The canoe holds great value; Kino’s grandfather brought it from Nay ant. Then it goes on to explain the importance of a boat. Coyotito is getting worse. The swelling on his shoulder has gone up his neck and under his ear. It then explains how pearls are form in oyster. A grain of sand could live in the folds of the muscle, and irritate the flesh until the flesh coated the grain with a layer of smooth cement. Kino found pretty good size oysters, but didn't want to get excited about what he had seen in the sea. When he finally got to the big one, the book describes it as a sea-gull's egg. It was the greatest pearl in the world
12: Chapter three Chapter three begins describing how fast news traveled in the small town. Everyone knows about Kino’s finding the pearl of the world. Then it goes through saying the news made the priest, the shopkeeper, the doctor, the beggars, and the pearl buyers think about what they would do with it. Everyone wasn't happy for them. Then Juan Tomas asked what he will do now he was rich. Kino said he and Juana could now marry; Coyotito could now have nice clothes. Kino also said he could now have a harpoon, rifle, and a Winchester carbine. Kino also wants Coyotito to read and write. The priest came and evil songs began to come almost in a whisper to Kino. The pearl was also beginning to change his attitude and personality. The doctor came and took a look at the baby; and gave the baby some poison to trick the parents into thinking that the baby was getting worse. The doctor also wanted to know where Kino kept the pearl. In the middle of the night someone tried to come in and take the pearl. Kino and Juana then decided that they were going to sell the pearl tomorrow. Juana didn't like the evil that came along with the pearl.
13: Chapter four Chapter four begins describing the town as a communication of nerves in a town. The communication traveling over the town that morning was Kino and his wife were off to sell the pearl. Most of all pearl buyers knew that Kino was going to sell his pearl. Most of Kino neighbors had great thoughts about what they would do if they had the great pearl. Everyone is going to watch the selling of the pearl. This is an extremely important event because they are going to found out how much it is worth. Then Juan Tomas tells Kino a story that he feels is important. When Kino walks in to the shop the pearl buyer has a coin in his twirling it around. The first buyer offers Kino a thousand pesos. The second buyer only offers five hundred. Kino surprises them all when he tells him that he will to the capital; Kino’s friends and neighbors react shocked and scared to this. Juan Tomas tells him that it is dangerous and be careful. That evening someone hit Kino. It scared Juana really bad that she is willing to throw the pearl back into the sea.
14: Chapter five Chapter five begins with Kino waking up at night hearing Juana moving. Juana had got the pearl and was on her way to go throw it back in the ocean. Kino stopped her by punching her in the face and kicking her in the side. Someone had tried to hurt Kino; and he ended up killing the person or old man. Juana immediately forgave her husband because she was wrong and that he was the man. Juana sees the time before the pearl as peaceful. Juana shows her strength in this chapter by being a strong woman, and accepting the wrong she has done. The man that tried to attack Kino destroyed his boat and his house. Juan Tomas helps Juana and Kino by taking them in for the night secretly. Juan Tomas then urges Kino to avoid the shore when they leave.
15: Chapter six Chapter six begins describing the wind, and Kino and Juana was on their way with the stars guiding them the way. Kino could now see that the pearl had evil. When Kino looked in the pearl now all he could see was all the bad things. Trackers were now following Kino and Juana. Kino was willing to give himself up for his wife and family. Juana thought that it would be a bad thing. Kino and Juana moved up a mountain to lose the trackers. Juana and Coyotito hide in the cave. The trackers thought that it was a baby coyote, and shot Coyotito and killed him. At the end of the story, Kino ended up throwing the pearl back into the ocean.
16: Theme I believe the theme or moral of the story is that we shouldn't let what we want consume us. I also believe it is money doesn't make you, your family does.