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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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S: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

BC: You should always be thankful for the things you have, and don't let greed fuel your life.

FC: The Pearl By John Steinbeck

1: Landon Antley November 1, 2010 Mrs. Crew's class. Fifth Hour

2: John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. He was raised a few miles away from the Pacific Coast. He attended Stanford University to study literature and writing. After leaving Stanford in 1925 without receiving a degree, Steinbeck went on to write classics such as East Of Eden, Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and many more.

4: La Paz La Paz, Mexico is a city nestled along the Gulf of California. On May 3rd, 1535, Hernan Cortés first arrived at what is now La Paz, naming it Villa de la Santa Cruz. La Paz received its modern name from Sebastian Vizcaino. Throughout its history, La Paz has endured countless pirates, missionaries and entrepreneurs.

6: Kino is the "husband" of Juana and father of Coyotito.

7: Juana is Kino's "wife" and Coyotito's mother.

8: Coyotito is Juana and Kino's son.

9: Spanish Doctor of La Paz, Mexico.

10: Chapter One: | Kino and Juana woke up and go through their morning routine. Coyotito is stung by a scorpion, and Kino and Juana take him to the doctor. The doctor refuses to see them, and they return to their village after Kino punches the gate.

11: Chapter Two: | Kino, Juana, and Coyotito go out into the water to gather oysters. Jauana makes a seaweed poultice for Coyotito's wound. Kino dives into the water and gathers pearls. After thinking he sees a pearl in one of the oysters, Kino gets back into the boat, opens up the oyster, and sees that he found a huge pearl.

12: Everyone learns of Kino's pearl and becomes jealous. Kino thinks about all the opportunities the pearl has brought about like getting married and his son going to school.The doctor come to the house and says that Coyotito's scorpion sting is not healed, but that it is spreading. He gives the baby a medicine that makes him sick; he comes back an hour later and gives Coyotito another medicine that makes the baby stop vomiting. After going to sleep, Kino is woken up by a noise outside and takes his knife to attack whomever it is. The attacker gets away, and Juana cleans up the wounds Kino received as she begs him to get rid of the pearl. | Chapter Three:

13: Chapter Four: | Kino and his family go into town to sell his pearl. The pearl buyers offer him 1,500 pesos at the most, but Kino declines saying his pearl is worth at least 50,000 peso, and they leave. Back at home that night, Kino senses another person outside. He grabs his knife to attack, but he was attacked first. Once again, the attacker flees, and Juana takes care of Kino's wounds. Juana begs Kino to get rid of the pearl, but, once again, he refuses.

14: Chapter Five: | Kino wakes up at hearing Juana walking around. He sees that she's piked up the pearl and sneaked out of the house. He follows her and sees that she's about to throw the pearl into the ocean. He grabs the pearl, punches her in the face, and kicks her in the side. He leaves her there and heads back to the house. He is attacked by a group of men; he kills one of them. Juana gets up and helps Kino hid the body. They decide to run away. Kino discovers that someone has punched a hole into his canoe, and their house in on fire. Everyone believes that the family is dead, except for Juan Tomas and his wife. They hide in Juan Tomas' house until night. They flee for the north after sunset.

15: Chapter Six: | Kino, Juana, and baby Coyotito walk making sure to leave no tracks. After walking all night, they stop and rest. Kino wakes up and sees trackers heading toward them. Kino and his family head up the mountains as soon as the trackers pass. The small family sees the trackers on the mountain, and makes a fake trail to throw the trackers off. The family hides in a cave for the evening, and the trackers settle not far from the cave. Kino decides to kill the man on look out and instructs Juana to run. Before Kino can attack, Coyotito lets out a cry that wakes the other two trackers. They assume the noise was a baby coyote and fire a gun in the cry's direction. It hits and kills Coyotito, but Kino does not know. He attacks and kills the men, and Juana screams in loss of Coyotito. The couple returns home and throws the pearl into the ocean.

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