John Steinbeck The Pearl Analysis

Good Essays
Has something ever had you think that it had made your life different? Well, in the novel, “The Pearl,” with the author John Steinbeck he has a pearl symbolize lots of things in the novel. Kino the main character, Kino finds the pearl and the rest of the novel is like the pearl taking control of his family life. Well the pearl symbolizes life in some occasion of the book. Also, the pearl in the novel symbolizes the corrupting power of materialism, which destroys everything worthwhile in Kino's family life.

To begin with, Kino the pearl symbolizes in the novel is life to make a living. When the town first finds Kino finds the pearl in the novel he immediately thinks he is set for life with no worry ahead of him he can get so much for him and to save his son. On page 23, “Kino pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the planes, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of every-one.” This shows how the pearl
…show more content…
In Addition, Some people in the town thinks the pearl will turn Kino into a greedy, and selfish man. The neighbors in the town seen it from when Kino started asking for the things he wanted on page 24-25. But in the novel in page 26 it states what the neighbors think going to happen. “There is started. A foolish madness came over him so that he spoke foolish words. Good keeps us from such things. Yes, God punished Kino because he rebelled against the way things are.” The town things it going to hurt him and his family.

In conclusion, the pearl I think symbolizes evil in the book. But, the pearl shows so many symbolizing like greed, life, evil, and riches. The pearl get Kino super greedy. The people in the town sense the evil in the pearl and in Kino. “The Pearl,” symbolizes the corrupting power of materialism, which destroys everything worthwhile in Kino's family

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    This shows how the town that once rejoiced because of this pearl became greedy and turned neighbors against another. All in all, the theme of the pearl is that blessings may bring evil because of how much the pearl hurt Kino and everyone around him. The evil of the pearl spread to Kino and infected him with greed and obsessiveness, the pearl also changed everyone's values. In conclusion, even if it seems like a blessing has been brought to you, you must be wary that it may bring bad things into your…

    • 793 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    John Steinbeck Reflection

    • 1599 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Previously, in the beginning he his identity was something of a family man, but as soon he enters “The Pearl of the World” he begins to see everyone as an enemy and The Song of the Enemy hums in his ears faintly because once the news travels that has found the pearl people begin to flock him like an instant celebrity. For example, the priest, he comes to Kino in the underhanded way of wanting donations for the church as well as the doctor previously the doctor refuses to treat Coyotito because Kino and Juana are poor but once he comes to light about the pearl and comes to his house…

    • 1599 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This in turn ties into his constant seeking of this greater price for the Pearl, something for his “family” then forming it into his obsession. Before the obsession shaped Kino into the Perry 5 man in which he is at the end of the novel, he states “It is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more,” (Steinbeck 32) which is completely ironic in the given situation. Not only does Kino himself lose his way because of his desire to want something more, but Juana, the one who keeps him relatively sane during the entire process losses her sense of hope in the man she believed him to be. Viewing him as a type of unbreakable force, god like even, and unintentionally predicts their demise on the mountain, “There was no anger in her for Kino. He had said, ‘I am a man,’ and that meant certain things to Juana.…

    • 1817 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    He abused his power because he thought he could break the laws of the gods and not be punished for it. “‘Her curse is upon you for the deaths of both’” (Sophocles 736). Creon is being punished for all the deaths he caused by not being able to bring death upon him self when he has nothing left to live for. The changes and downfall of Thebes was caused by Creon’s stubbornness and his abuse of power. The downfall of Creon and the royal family and the overall consequences of Creon’s hubris cause the changes of the kingdom of Thebes.…

    • 1160 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    These actions leads to the tragedy brought upon his family. Because of Kino’s overprotectiveness of the pearl, since it represents his hopes of a better life, he holds onto it. He is his drive to kill started after locals were trying to break into his house. Kino kills with hesitation or realisation what he has done in order to hold onto the pearl. This quote best represents what Kino desires most, to provide a better life for his family, “But Kino’s face shone with prophecy.’ My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing.…

    • 1227 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    “And Kino drew back his arm and flung the pearl with all his might.” His anger is toward the trackers because he wasn’t able to stop them before they hurt his family. Kino’s angriness about Coyotito dying is shown when Steinbeck says that his lips were thin and his jaws were tight. Kino’s guilt and anger aren’t resolved at the end, he just learns to cope with…

    • 733 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The first intolerance conflict he wanted to resolve was killing the men because in the story it says, “And in the surface of the pearl he saw the frantic eyes of the man in the pool.”(Steinbeck, 89) Since Kino killed men he felt bad for his intolerance move, and this proves he is sad and wants to resolve it because he saw that and more bad things in the pearl after his actions. This also shows why he wants to resolve his intolerance move because before he did all those bad things he saw what he wanted, but afterwards he saw what bad things he did in the pearl. The second intolerance conflict he wanted to resolve was for putting harm 's way to Coyotito because in the story it says, “the side of the stone mountain, the cry of death.” (Steinbeck, 87) Kino knowing this had showed that his intolerance move led to Coyotito’s death and became one of the resolves he wanted to do. Throwing the pearl back to the sea proves he wanted to resolve Coyotito’s death in the end. His resolves were due to his action of keeping the pearl and made other events happen…

    • 804 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The reason for his anger is because his arrogance gets in the way of how he works things. He is too selfish to change his ways for the benefit of his kid. In the book, Achebe wrote that Okonkwo would abuse Nwoye if he is lazy and it shows that even if he’s hurt or sad, Okonkwo will abuse him because he shows weakness. Not only he is hurting his son, but also he is also hurting his wives. His violence reputation limited his view on many things because the cause of his violence is from his arrogance and the fact that he sees his family falling apart, falling from the roots, he sees it as a weakness and in the book, Achebe wrote that weakness is something Okonkwo hates.…

    • 1080 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    A villain is a person who has done many awful things. Alexander the Great was a bad person because he was not able to lead the people in the right way. Putting your culture into life threatening positions at all time would not want people to live in that area. Alexander the Great was a villain because he was really selfish and greedy and destroyed many cultures. Alexander the Great was a villain because he was really selfish and greedy.…

    • 658 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    It decayed Kino’s mind. Kino changed from a psychogenic healthy person to a inhumane brute. He became so fierce that he hurt his wife because she tried to get rid of the pearl. He became so suspicious that he thought everyone might steal the pearl from him. To protect his pearl, Kino even killed a nameless man.…

    • 1258 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays