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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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S: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

BC: I believe this book shows that getting obsessed with things of the world, and letting them take over your life only leads to corruption. Although, by Kino losing his son and letting go of the pearl, I believe it is his greatest achievement. He may be disappointed that his dreams never came true, but it saved him in the end.

FC: The Pearl Written By John Steinbeck

1: The Pearl Project by Paige Christiana Mrs.Crew Fifth Period November 4, 2010

3: John Ernst Steinbeck was born on February twenty-seventh of 1902. Raised in California, he spent much time with his mother ,who loved art. This,he says,is where he received his love for literature. | Mr. Steinbeck,after many years of writing, was awarded the Nobel Prize. His writings were very much respected at this time, and are still read to this day.

4: The doctor lived in the nicer part of La Paz, where there were fountains, buildings made of stone, and bougainvillea growing on the walls.

5: Kino lived in the poorer side of La Paz. He lived in a straw hut,and lived near enough to the ocean to dive for pearls and fish. Kino lived in walking distance of the richer town, but to go there made him feel shameful.

6: Kino

7: Kino is a father to Coyotito, and a husband ( sort of ) to Juana. He is a rough looking man, with a coarse mustache and ratty clothing. Although poor, Kino strives to provide better for his family.

8: Juana

9: Juana is a loving mother to her son, Coyotito, and also a faithful wife to her husband, Kino. Juana has long hair, and appears to be hardworking. She is a strong woman, and only wants what's good for her family.

10: Coyotito

11: Coyotito is Kino and Juana's only son. He is a good baby, who is loved dearly by his parents. He has dark hair like them, and a darker skin tone.

13: The Doctor is a hateful and racist man, who is very wealthy and very greedy as well. The Doctor hates Kino and his race, believing he is better than them.

14: Chapter 1 | In chapter one we (the audience) are introduced to Kino, the main character, and his family. Here, we see how their everyday life begins in the mornings, except for this particular morning there is a shock! Coyotito, Kino's son, is stung by a scorpion. Luckily, Juana sucked the poison out right after, and Kino killed the scorpion. | Juana announced that they would go to the Doctor, but the Doctor, being a racist man, made up a lie so he didn't have to go to the door. Kino felt ashamed, and they went back home.

15: Kino, Juana, and Coyotito paddled out in their canoe. Here, villagers catch fish to eat, or on a lucky day, find an oyster with a pearl inside. Kino happens to be having one of these days, and finds a huge pearl! Relieved, they could now afford to get Coyotito medical attention! | Chapter 2

16: Chapter 3 | News of Kino's pearl spreads quickly from the poor village to the town. Hearing of Kino's great blessing, the Doctor decides he's "not so busy" anymore and goes to Kino's hut to see Coyotito. The Doctor announces that the poison has now gone inside of the small boy, and he must quickly give him medicine. | The Doctor tricks Kino into trusting him. The Doctor leaves, and Coyotito becomes very ill. The Doctor returns and "saves" the baby. Kino begins to feel paranoid about his pearl, and hides it that night. It was good he did this because someone tried to steal it.

17: The towns and villages all know that this is the day Kino will sell his pearl. The men who wished to buy this pearl planned ahead to try to trick Kino into believing it was worth less than it really was. Kino refused to sell the pearl for their low prices, and decided to travel to the capitol soon to sell it. | Chapter 4

18: Chapter 5 | Juana attempts to destroy the pearl, or at least lose it in the sea, but just as she begins to throw it Kino tackles her to the ground. Kino, now with rage, stomps back towards his hut. Suddenly, a figure of a man jumps out and he and Kino begin to fight.

19: Kino ends up killing the man with his knife, and both lay on the ground. He believes he has lost the pearl, but Juana finds it and gives it back to him. Being the wise wife she is, Juana moves the dead body out of the path. | The family then decides it's of their best interest to sail away, but their canoe is mysteriously smashed. Their hut is burned down soon after, so they hide in Kino's brother's hut.

20: Chapter 6 | Kino and his family set out on foot during the night and manage to get to the Gulf. Here, Kino sees the misfortune and torment the pearl has brought to his family. Later, they find out that trackers are following them. They try to lose the trackers on the mountain, but couldn't. Coyotito is shot and killed because he made a noise that was misunderstood as a coyote pup whine. Kino, in the end, throws the pearl back into the sea.

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