Extent Does The Social/Cultural Context Of The Pearl By John Steinbeck

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Register to read the introduction… Kino asks for the treatment but the doctors reacts with scorn and says “Have I nothing better to do then cure insect bites for little Indians?”. This shows that the doctor is looks down on Kino’s race and sees the natives as just animals.

After Kino and Juana find “the greatest pearl of the world”, he believes that the pearl would help his entire family have a much better life. At first, he just wants his son to get well again but then has fantasies of getting married to Juana in a church and having “a rifle”.

Then, Kino kills three trackers who mistook Coyotito for a coyote and shot him. Eventually, Kino realises that the pearl would bring nothing but evil upon their family. As a result of this, he and Juana have the courage to throw it back into the sea so this would not happen to another person again.

During the beginning of the novel, Steinbeck shows that Juana and Kino are
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The Spanish don’t treat the Mexicans as equals; for example, the pearl dealers already planning ahead of time that they would give Kino an unfair price, taking the pearl for themselves.

It is easy to sympathise with Kino because he lives in such an unfair society, where the doctor won’t even save his dying baby because he hasn’t got enough money to pay for the treatment and that Kino is a different race to him. He is trying to change the way the Spanish treat the Mexicans and trying to make it a fairer community. On the other hand, it was not extremely effective to try break free from such strong oppression by himself because if he had planned it more, and thought it through, instead of running away, he might have had a better chance of changing society for the

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