FC: The Pearl By: John Steinbeck
1: Project by: Bailey Glover Mrs. Crew 4th Hour 11/2/10
2: John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in a fertile agricultural valley close to the Pacific Coast. He went to Standford University in 1919 and enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left without taking a degree in 1925. During the next five years, he became a journalist in New York City and worked on his first novel, Cup of Gold, which was published in 1929. John wrote a total of twenty-seven books, including The Pearl (1947). Many of John's books became movies, and he won a Nobel Prize by the end of his life. Having two sons, three wifes, and a successful career as a writer, John Steinbeck died in December 1968.
4: The setting of The Pearl is in La Paz, Mexico. It was founded in 1548 by Spanish conquistadors. It is the capital of the state Baja California Sur.The climate is arid and mostly dry, warm, and sunny.
6: Juana wife of Kino and mother of Coyotito. She's very loyal to Kino
7: Coyotito Son of Kino and Juana.
8: Kino Husband of Juana and father of Coyotito. Main character. Finds pearl
9: Doctor Rich, sneaky doctor of the town that "treats" Coyotito for the scorpion bite.
10: Chapter One Kino and Juana wake up and eat breakfast. They spot a scorpion hanging near Coyotito's baby box. The scorpion falls as Kino tries to grab it and stings Coyotito in the shoulder. Juana insists that they take him to the doctor after trying to suck the venom out. The doctor refuses to see them because they are poor and Indians. Kino gets angry and ashamed and beats the gate of the rich doctor's house.
11: Chapter Two Kino, Juana, and Coyotito go out to the ocean on Kino's grandfather's canoe. Kino dives for oysters and finds one particularly large oyster. Scared that a pearl will not be in it, Kino saves the biggest oyster for last. When he opens it, he finds the biggest pearl of the world inside of the oyster.
12: Chapter Three Word spreads across the town about Kino's sudden fortune. His people gather around to hear that Kino will use his money to marry Juana, buy new clothes and a rifle, and pay for Coyotito to go to school. The priest comes by Kino's house to see if Kino and his family will pay the church. The doctor also comes by to cure Coyotito's bite now that Kino has money to pay him. The doctor tricks Kino into thinking that Coyotito is still sick and makes the baby puke so that he can "cure" Coyotito. Kino is attacked the next day by thieves who are trying to steal the pearl.
13: Chapter Four Before Kino goes into town to sell his pearl, his brother, Juan Tomas, warns him that the pearl buyers will try to trick him. When Kino enters the pearl buyers' office, they tell him that his pearl is worthless because it is too big to make into jewelry. Kino does not settle for their low prices and leaves telling them that he will sell his pearl at the capital. That night, Kino is attacked again.
14: Chapter Five Juana tries to sneak out the next day and throw the pearl back into the sea. Kino catches her before she throws it and takes it away from her. On his way back to the brush house, Kino is attacked and this time kills the attacker. Kino knows that now he and his family must flee. They try to escape by canoe, but it has a hole in it. Kino then realizes that his hut is on fire and takes refuge in Juan Tomas's hut. Kino and Juana prepare to go into hiding and pack food for the journey ahead. Kino, Juana, and Coyotito set off into the woods to go into hiding.
15: Chapter Six Kino, Juana, and Coyotito travel all day, walking along wheel tracks to hide their feet tracks. They take a rest for the night when Kino realizes that trackers are following them. Kino warns Juana, and they quickly move west, towards the mountains. The family stop for water and notice that the trackers will be at their exact position by night fall. When the trackers are near, Kino makes Juana and Coyotito hide in a cave while he goes and kills the trackers. Kino sneaks down by the trackers, and the trackers hear Coyotito cry and think it's a coyote. The tracker shoots in the direction that Juana and Coyotito are and kills Coyotito. Kino then grabs the rifle from the tracker and kills all of the trackers. Sad and mourning, Kino and Juana go back to their home and throw the pearl back into the ocean.
17: Theme True happiness doesn't come from money. It comes from love.