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Pearl of the World

John Steinbeck’s short story “The Pearl” has folk origins. The main characters of the story are a pearl diver Kino, his wife Juana, and their child Coyotito.

The events of the story take place in a small town on the Gulf of Mexico in California. The protagonist, Kino, is a poor pearl diver, who one day wakes up in his hut and sees how a scorpion stings his child. Kino seizes and kills the scorpion, but the poison had already entered the child’s body. Juana tries to suck out the poison. Kino brings the boy to the white doctor. Having learned from the servants that Kino came, the doctor said he did not want to treat Indians from insect bites. Kino feeling very ashamed returned to his hut.

The next morning Kino and his wife went to the bay to catch pearls. Suddenly Kino sees a big shell lying on the bottom. Intuitively he feels that it contains something special. Kino raises a shell, but he can’t make himself open it. Finally Kino opens a shell and finds a huge pearl, which is greater than the Moon.

Juana becomes very happy. She looks at Coyotito and sees that her son’s swelling subsides, his body overcame the poison. When they return to the village, everybody knows that Kino caught a huge pearl. Suddenly everybody changes their attitude to Kino and thinks about how they may benefit from it.

Kino dreams about how he is going to spend his wealth. A priest hurries to Kino’s house and asks to deduct some money to the church. A white doctor comes as well. He is ready to treat Kino’s son and gives the child the medicine, from which the boy feels only worse. During his second visit, the doctor pours into the kid’s mouth a drug, showing that he can cure everything. The doctor awaits for his reward. Kino now has to sell the pearl to pay the doctor.

Kino goes to La-Place, a nearby town, where he has to face with the buyers, who are working together: their main purpose is to deceive. One after another the buyers say that the pear doesn’t cost much. Kino and Juana feel that much has changed and not for the better. The hunt for the pearl has begun.

One night someone gets in their home and injures Kino. Juan offers to destroy a gem, but Kino refuses. At night, Juana quietly gets up and takes the pearl to throw into the sea. Angered Kino rushes after her. On the way, they are attacked by some people. They all hide at the neighbor’s house and in the morning leave the village, but the pursuers follow them. They hide in a cave, where at night Coyotito starts crying. Pursuers think that this is a coyote and shoot in the direction of the cave. They kill the baby, but Kino manages to stab one of the pursuers.

Next morning, Kino and his wife return to the village. Kino stops at the bay and throws the pearl in the sea.

John Steinbeck’s short story “The Pearl” has folk origins. The main characters of the story are a pearl diver Kino, his wife Juana, and their child Coyotito.

The events of the story take place in a small town on the Gulf of Mexico in California. The protagonist, Kino, is a poor pearl diver, who one day wakes up in his hut and sees how a scorpion stings his child.

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June 25, 2016
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December 9, 2016
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