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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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1: Amber Reeves's Project Mrs. Crew's 4th hour | The Pearl by John Steinbeck

2: John Steinbeck was born inSalinas, California where he grew up and attended Stanford University until he left without taking a degree. He supported himself in New York until he married his first wife, moved to Pacific Grove, and began to write more frequently. He courses varied from film making to marine biologist and changed often. He wrote over twenty books and spent the last decades of his life in New York and Sag Harbor with his third wife. Having won a Nobel Prize in 1962, John died at a proud age of sixty-six years old.

4: LA PAZ | city brush house

5: La Paz, Mexico went through a time of great tension between races. The Spaniards and Native Indians had a long racial battle during which the natives were used as slaves and greatly mistreated. Though tension did lighten, it still remained in the air of La Paz for many years. If John Steinbecks words are based upon truth, not all Native Indians were treated as slaves, but they were seen as inferior to the Spanish people. Wealth was usually possessed by the Spanish while the natives were left with poor, uneducated lives.

6: kino Father of Coyotito and Husband of Juana

7: Juana Mother of Coyotito and wife of Kino

8: Coyotito son of Kino and Juana

9: curious followers | BEGGARS AND | well informed people

10: Chapter One Summary During a normal day at their brush house, Coyotito, the baby, is stung by a scorpion. Juana, Coyotito's mother, acts quickly to suck the poison out while Kino kills the scorpion. Being hopeful, Jana, Kino, and Coyotito head into the town to get help from the doctor. Upset that he could do nothing for his son, Kino punches the gate after being rejected by the doctor.

11: Chapter Two Summary Deciding not to give, the hopeful parents of Coyotito go out to look for the pearl that will help them pay for his treatment. Upon his looking, Kino hears the song of the maybe pearl and takes the large oyster he believes may contain what they prayed for. Prying the pearl open, Kino finds himself the owner of the Pearl of the World. As if a blessing from the gods, Juana soon after checks Coyotito's wound and finds he is healing. Things seem to be looking up for our characters.

12: Chapter Three Summary Dreams grow and peace seems to cover the land as hopes for the Pearl of the World are told. However, trickery begins to be shown as well. The doctor pays the family a visit and gives the child medicine to make his hand needed. While there, he tries to trick Kino into showing him where the pearl is hidden. Kino is first attacked in chapter three, but the chapter ends on a cheerful note as Juana and Kino wake hopeful to go sell the pearl.

13: Chapter Four Summary Chapter four seems to be the main turning point of the story. After trying to sell the pearl and believing he is being cheated, Kino declares they will travel to the capital to sell the pearl. Later this same night, Kino is attacked for the second time by an unknown party wanting the pearl. Kino ignores Juana's plea to get rid of the pearl and acts as nothing will keep him from his dream for Coyotito.

14: Chapter Five Summary In chapter five, Juana is becoming more desperate to be rid of the pearl. She tries to rid of it in the night, but Kino catches and beats her for her actions. On his way back from her punishing, Kino kills the man who attacks him. Knowing things will never be the same, Juana prepares to leave until their home is burned to the ground, and Kino finds a large hole put in his canoe. Seeing no other option, the family stays with Juan Tomas until their departure the next day.

15: Chapter Six Summary On the run from threatening trackers, Kino and Juana try to make an untraceable trail, but it does not work. Telling Juana to take Coyotito and hide in a closeby cave, Kino plans to get rid of the trackers the only way he can. However, the time to attack comes early due to a tracker shooting toward Coyotito after confusing the baby's cry for a coyote. After killing the trackers, Kino learns of Coyotito's death and returns home to get rid of the object that is the source of all evil in their forever changed lives.

17: The moral of The Pearl is to never believe everything you see or jump to conclusions. Also, this story teaches one to keep confusion away by knowing priorities. Lastly, the pearl helps people to realize the need to be happy with what you have.

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