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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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S: The Pearl By John Steinbeck

BC: The moral of this story is to be content with what you have. Because Kino wanted to have all the riches he could possibly have with the pearl, he only ended up with loss.

FC: The Pearl By John Steinbeck

1: Chelsea Martin's Project Mrs. Crew's 4th hour November 2, 2010

2: John Steinbeck was born in 1902 and passed in 1968. He was born in Salinas, California. He worked through college at Stanford University but never graduated. After a failed attempt to be a free-lance writer in 1925 in New York, Steinbeck moved back to California. There, he published some novels and short stories. He first became famous because of his humorous series of stories, Tortilla Flat (1935).

3: John Steinbeck continued to write more novels, including In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), The Long Valley (1938), and The Grapes of Wrath (1939). His later works included East of Eden (1952) and The Winter of Our Discontent (1961). Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968.

4: The setting of The Pearl is on and around the coast of La Paz, Mexico. Kino and his family live on the undeveloped side of La Paz. Kino's community of Indian Mexicans live in brush houses on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

5: On the other hand, the doctor lives in the wealthy area of La Paz, Mexico. He lives in a big house in the city. The doctor has bougainvillea surrounding his home. | La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur, a Mexican state. On May 3, 1535, Hernan Cortes came to La Paz and named it Santa Cruz. After a failed attempt to start a colony, he abandoned the idea. In 1596, Sebastián Vizcaíno came to what was then Santa Cruz, and named the town La Paz.

6: Father of Coyotito, husband of Juana, brother of Juan Tomas

7: Mother of Coyotito and wife of Kino

8: Son of Juana and Kino

9: Doctor of Coyotito

10: Chapter One Summary Kino and Juana's baby, Coyotito, was stung by a scorpion. Since Kino and Juana live in huts along a beach, there was no doctor to be called there immediately. Juana said to get the doctor (from the wealthy side of town), but all the neighbors said that the doctor would not come. Juana and Kino went to find the doctor in the wealthy town. The doctor refused to help them because they could not afford his services.

11: Chapter Two Summary Coyotito received no treatment for his face, so his face was swollen and feverish. Juana and Kino went to sea trying to find a pearl to sell so they could get treatment for Coyotito. Kino found his perfect pearl. The baby's swelling seemed to subside.

12: Chapter Three Summary The news of Kino's pearl spread throughout the brush houses and neighborhoods. The doctor wanted to help the baby when he found out about the pearl that Kino had. Kino spoke of things that he would do with the money after the pearl was sold. The priest came to Kino's hut. Because the doctor had not been at his house earlier, he arrived at Kino's hut. The doctor pretended to heal the baby by making Coyotito sick with medicine, then coming back an hour later when the baby would be better, saying that he tackled the poison in time. Kino promised to pay the doctor after the pearl was sold. Someone tried to steal the pearl in the night, so Kino slashed the intruder and was slashed himself.

13: Chapter Four Summary Kino went to the city to sell his pearl to pay back the doctor. The first pearl buyer offered him only 1,000 dollars. Kino was outraged, so he claimed that the pearl buyer was a cheater. The pearl buyer called in two others to appraise the pearl to prove that it was not as worthy as Kino thought it was. The other two buyers appraised a lower price than the first. Kino stormed out and headed home. That night, someone slashed Kino's face in the dark while trying to steal his pearl.

14: Chapter Five Summary Kino awakened to the sense of someone moving near him. In the moonlight, he realized that it was Juana. She was headed toward the sea to throw the pearl back because of all the problems it had caused. Kino rushed after her, grabbed her arm, pushed her, and kicked her. As he walked back to his hut, he dropped his pearl. Kino then saw a man by the hut and immediately assumed that he stole the pearl. He killed the man. As Juana discovered the deceased body, she suggested to leave town. Kino agreed, but their boat had a hole in the bottom where someone destroyed it. Kino's hut burned down, so he and his family stayed at Juan Tomas's house until they could safely leave for the capital.

15: Chapter Six Summary Juana, Coyotito, and Kino traveled to some city. As they traveled, Kino noticed that trackers were following their tracks. Kino decided that it'd be best if they would go to the mountains before the trackers came back. After the sun passed over the stone mountains, Kino and Juana finally found water. Kino found a cave on the side of the mountain where he wanted Coyotito and Juana to hide while he killed the trackers. The tracker with the gun shot Coyotito in the head because of the noise the baby made in the cave. Kino killed all three trackers. Juana and Kino threw the pearl back into the ocean.

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