The Pearl Essay

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The Pearl How does John Steinbeck, author of ‘The Pearl’ successfully convey the main themes of the novella? ‘The Pearl’, by John Steinbeck has been a very touching, interesting novella to read. It originally appeared in the ‘Woman’s Home Companion’ Magazine in 1945. Set in a Mexican Indian village, the novella tells the story of Kino, a pearl diver who discovers the beautiful ‘Pearl of the World’. Upon finding this large, expensive pearl Kino changes as a person and has a desire to be rich and to change his everyday life. Unfortunately, this disruption in the usual day to day routines causes more trouble than the pearl is worth. Throughout the novella there are two main themes, one being the destructive power of greed, and the other…show more content…
‘Although she might be puzzled by these differences between man and woman, she knew them and accepted them and needed them, Of course she would follow him, there was no question of that.’ Through Juana’s decisions and activities there is emphasis on how Kino changes. The doctor in the novella, on the other hand, represents both greed and colonialism. He represents greed in a very physical way. He has a very large, grotesque appearance due to greediness when it comes to food. ‘His eyes rested in puffy little hammocks of flesh and his mouth drooped with discontent.’ And he is also greedy as he is already rich, yet he wants more money and he wants the pearl from Kino. I also think that the theme of colonial society’s oppression of native cultures is successfully conveyed through the doctor. When Kino and Juana take Coyotito to see the doctor after a scorpion stings him, the doctor refuses to see them as they are of a different, poorer culture than him and he sees them as not worth his time, as he could be earning money by curing rich, white people. Through his refusal to treat Coyotito on the basis that Kino has no money with witch to pay him the doctor is representing the colonialists’ arrogance, greed and their ideas that they are superior to cultures less well off than they are. However, once he hears that Kino has ‘the pearl of the world’ he goes straight to Kino’s brush hut. Upon arrival, he immediately sees that Coyotito is already cured, and so

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