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FC: The Pearl By John Steinbeck

1: By: Ashleigh Mundwiller Fourth Hour November 3,2010

2: John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. He grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about 25 miles from the Pacific coast. In 1919 he attended Stanford University. He left Stanford in 1925 without a degree. John was a journalist in New York and then the caretaker for Lake Tahoe estate. With having won the Nobel Prize in 1962, he died in 1968.

3: John wrote many books in his time. His first novel was Cups of Gold in 1929. His popular success and financial security only came with his story Tortilla Flat in 1935. Later on he devoted himself to the war, writing Bombs Away in 1942. His total amount of novels and stories was 25.

4: The novel was placed in La Paz, Mexico in 1947. This is a town that is based on economic and racial statuses.This goes along with the social status.

5: Spanish settlers founded La Paz, Mexico in 1548. It was originally an ancient Amyara village.

6: Kino " Father of Coyotito, husband of Juana, and brother of Juan Tomas."

7: Juana " Wife of Kino and mother of Coyotito."

8: Coyotito " Son of Kino and Juana."

9: Doctor " The town doctor and the man that refuses to help Kino."

10: Chapter One: Kino woke up to all the sounds of nature. He awakes to his wife by his side and his baby boy in the hammock. Kino got out of bed and went outside, while Juana built a fire. | His son, Coyotito, was distracted by a scorpion. The scorpion was headed towards Coyotito and got mad. Before Kino could catch the scorpion, it stung Coyotito. All the neighbors came to the door to see what the fuss was about. Then Kino and Juana went to the town doctor The doctor refused the help them.

11: Chapter Two: Kino was determined to get his baby cured. He went to find a pearl. He paddled his boat out to the best spot. Kino was under water for a while. Then he finally found the perfect pearl. Kino was hesitant to open it because he was afraid it was just an illusion. It will be worth a lot of money. He screamed because he was so happy. Everyone came around to see what happened.

12: Chapter Three: Kino paddled back to shore. The town spread the news like a wild fire. As Kino and Juana are sitting at home, all the neighbors are there. They have several visitors such as the priest and the doctor. They were just there to get in on the pearl. The doctor says that Coyotito may die! | Once he leaves, Kino goes and buries the pearl. The family went to bed and was robed in the night. Kino was hit on the head while defending his family. There is still hope.

13: Chapter Four: Kino went to sell the pearl in La Paz. The dealers try to cheat him with a low price. Kino said no and walked away. Now they have decided to go to the capital and sell the pearl.

14: Chapter Five: Late that night Juana got up. She took the pearl and attempted to throw it in the water. Kino got angry. He punched her in the face. Then he kicked her in the side. As he was headed back home he was attacked. This time he killed a man. There hut was burnt down, Kino's brother took them in secretly. They decided to leave the next morning.

15: Chapter Six: Kino and his family left early. They were headed to the capital, and trackers were following them. Kino decided to go up the mountains to lose them. As night came Kino said he had to kill the men. The watcher was startled by Coyotito's cry an tried to shoot. Kino came out of the brush and killed the men. In the morning the family left for the town. Once they got there, the Coyotito was dead. They threw the pearl back into the sea.

16: I think the moral of this story is "Don't trust what you see, it w=may be worse than you think." I think this because the pearl wasn't what everyone thought it was. Kino and the people thought that it was the best thing that could happen. It was really evil. Don't always trust your eyes.

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