Essay about The Pearl: Depictions Of Life

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The Pearl: Depictions of Life      In John Steinbeck's The Pearl, a destitute pearl diver finds a giant pearl with which he hopes to buy peace and happiness for his family. Instead, he learns that the valuable pearl can not buy happiness but only destroy his simple life. Throughout the fable, there is a constant theme woven through the characters and setting which encompasses the struggle among social classes to become successful. Steinbeck, a novelist known for his realistic depictions of life, portrays this motif through Kino, the doctor, Coyotito, and the town of La Paz.      John Earnst Steinbeck, author of The Pearl and many other stories, was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas,…show more content…
At one point, he tries to sell the pearl in order to pay for a doctor Coyotito needs, but the pearl buyers only try to cheat him of the success he feels he deserves. Then Kino tries to leave the town, but his fear only causes him to shoot Coyotito accidentally. Finally, Kino returns to La Paz and throws the pearl into the sea. Kino, a symbol of hard work and ambition, is destroyed by his dreams of a better life.      The town doctor also demonstrates how the struggle for success can corrupt people. This "healer" is more interested in money than the welfare of others. While drinking expensive tea out of tiny china cups, he sits in his large white house and dreams of returning to Paris. When Juana comes to ask if he will treat Coyotito's scorpion sting, he promptly sends her promptly away. However, when news of Kino's discovery reaches the doctor, he rushes to the family's grass hut. Once there, he makes Coyotito sick so that he may cure the infant and squeeze a portion of the pearl's wealth from the family. This disgraceful doctor represents the arrogance of the powerful towards the powerless.      Coyotito, though only an infant, is also a very important symbol of the struggle for success. An innocent victim of greed, he knows nothing more comforting than the simple life he spends in
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