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Essay On The Perfect Pearl

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The “Perfect Pearl”

The Pearl in Steinbeck’s story of the same symbolizes the corrupting power of materialism which recently destroys everything worthwhile in Kino’s life. In this book, it takes place in a little town in Mexico called La Paz. This book begins with a description of the loving family’s life of Kino and his wife Juana and there infant son Coyotito.

One early morning on coast of Mexico, Kinos family was getting ready for breakfast. When Kino went to check on Coyotito, he loves how sweet his baby boy looks when he sleeps, but as he began to get closer he was shocked with fear! There was a scorpion crawling down the splintery-wooden rope that held the baby's cradle. Then a million thought went through Kinos head and he sprung
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This was very odd but that's what happens when you have money, people want to know you so you give them money because your friends. But the worst part is that they will now be able to make there son's life not just okay but great.This shows that money changes people, just like drugs do now. When you become wealthy your mind thinks money, money, money where is the time for family and fun?Kino's neighbors wonder what they would do if they had found the pearl, and suggest giving it as a present to the Pope, buying Masses for the souls of his family, and distributing it among the poor of La Paz. Kino goes to sell his pearl, accompanied by his neighbors, but the pearl dealer only offers a thousand pesos when Kino believes that he deserves fifty thousand. Although other dealers inspect the pearl and give similar prices, Kino refuses their offer and decides to go to the capital to sell it there. That night, Kino is attacked by more thieves, and Juana once again reminds Kino that the pearl is evil. However, Kino vows that he will not be cheated, for he is a man.
Later that night, Juana attempts to take the pearl and throw it into the ocean, but Kino finds her and beats her for doing so. While outside, a group of men accost Kino and knock the pearl from his hand. Juana watches from a distance, and sees Kino approach her, limping with another man whose throat Kino has slit. Juana finds the pearl, and they decide that they must go away even if the murder was in self-defense.
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