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S: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

FC: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

1: Project By: Callie Bond Mrs. Crew 3rd period

2: John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in a California Valley. He went to Stanford but left without a degree to become a journalist and a laborer in New York. During the 1930's he married, moved, and produced many successful novels. He won a Nobel prize in 1962 and later died in 1968.

4: La Paz is where Kino and his people live. Their houses are called brush huts and are made of substances found in nature. | They seem to be okay with the way they live until Kino finds the pearl and thinks about all the things he can now do for his family. Their way of life compared to the doctor's is a major difference between the two races. The doctor's house has a man made fountain and bougainvillea growing along the walls.

6: Kino | Kino is the husband of Juana and father of Coyotito. He is also a pearl diver that finds the infamous pearl.

7: Juana | Juana is Kino's wife and the mother of his child. She is the one who initially declares that the pearl is evil.

8: The people who attempted to find Kino and his family when they ran away. They are also the people that Kino attacked in the fight that caused Coyotito's death. | Trackers

9: Coyotito is Kino and Juana's baby. When he is stung by a scorpion his family is quite frantic until they find the pearl that will supposedly end all of their troubles. He is tragically shot at the end during a confrontation. | Coyotito

10: Chapter 1 | We meet Kino, his wife (Juana), and his son (Coyotito). They are very poor and Kino's son is stung by a scorpion. Juana attempts to suck out the poison but still wants a doctor's assistance. When they go into town to ask for the doctor, they are rejected becasue they have no money but are told that the doctor is out.

11: Chapter 2 | Rejected by the Doctor, the family goes out to search for pearls. Juana pray extra hard about finding a pearl because she knows how much Coyotito needs it. Jeana creates a poultice of seaweed for her son's shoulder and observes that it's just as good as the doctor could have done. Then kino notices a special clam while diving and opens it to find a pearl "as perfect as the moon". Amazed, Juana checks Coyotito's shoulder to see that the swelling has gone down.

12: The small village hears very quickly about the finding of the pearl. Kino Announces what all he will do with it. He plans on doing once unimaginable things such as: buying a rifle, sending his son to school, and marrying Juana. Also, the doctor finally sees Coyotito, treats him, and succeeds at healing the effects of the scorpion sting. Then someone attempts to steal the pearl but is scared away by Kino. | Chapter 3

13: Chapter 4 | The whole town goes with Kino to sell his pearl. The first buyer offers only 1000 pesos and compares it to fool's gold. After Kino dnies this offer, the buyer calls in three more buyers to convince Kino of the pearl's low worth. The Buyers' plan backfires and Kino defies them by saying that he will go to the capital to get a fair offer. LAter that night, someone tries to steal the pearl again and Juana begs Kino to get rid of it for the second time.

14: When morning comes, Kino catches Juana attempting to throw the pearl back in the water. After he stopped her, someone attacks him but he kills them instead of giving up the pearl. Juana convinces Kino that they must now run away, but his boat has been destroyed and his house burned. His brother agrees to hide them until night which is when they will leave for the North. | Chapter 5

15: Chapter 6 | Kino and his familly attempt to save the pearl and escape its evil but end up being chased by trackers. Despite covering their tracks and hiding in the mountains, it still comes down to an encounter between Kino and three men that ends in his son's death. They finally get rid of the pearl and its evil by throwing back into the ocean.

16: Though the pearl could have solved some of their problems, it actually destroyed them. So, in the end, money isn't everything.

17: Moral:

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