The Pearl

The Pearl

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  • Family
  • Prejudice
  • Dreams & Hope
  • Throughout the beginning chapters of the Pearl, Kino, Juana, and Coyotito express a strong sense of family. Kino often references “The Song of the Family” and addresses it as a joyous song that reminds him that happier times are to come. Even when faced with hardship, the family remains together because there are few people beyond that, that they can truly rely on.
  • Wealth
  • When the family first truly suffered, it was in the form of a scorpion sting. The young son, Coyotito, was stung in the shoulder. The next day the family traveled to a doctor that refused to serve poor and colored people. They were desperate and their son was dying, yet the doctor refused service.
  • Greed
  • Dreams in the story The Pearl come across very grim and sad. The dreams Kino’s family has relates to the stereotypical “American Dream.” The hopes of becoming a millionaire and leaving your poor life behind. Along with the pursuits of happiness and dreams comes the side of reality that your dreams may not turn out the way you want it.
  • Humility
  • When the family finds the pearl they inherent an extreme amount of wealth. In the time of The Pearl and in society today wealth is very valued, but with wealth comes greed. Greed and wealth are a package deal since man will make immense sacrifices to gain wealth. The more wealth a man possesses, the more he wants.
  • Greed is shown through how corrupt society is, the evil in people, and that suffering is always common. Steinbeck makes it so there is no healthy competition. All competition is for self-gain. Everyone's out to help themselves and doesn't care who gets in their way.
  • It's important that Kino and Juana remain humble. When they gain the “Pearl of the World”, Juana especially makes it known that they need to remember where they came from. The priest stopped by their house to reiterate the ideas of humility to make sure that they thank God when faced with blessings. The couple fears the bitterness that is brought on by their neighbors after they are blessed.
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