Likewise, the characters in The Pearl are also based on first-hand, authentic experience. This is not to say that Steinbeck lived with the Indians in and around La Paz, but the entire story is based on Steinbeck's actual observations. It was during Steinbeck's trip with Ed Ricketts that he met these types of people and heard the legend of the great pearl.
Summary[ edit ] The Pearl, which takes place in La Paz, Mexico, begins with a description of the seemingly idyllic family life of Kino, his wife Juana and their infant son, Coyotito. Kino watches as Coyotito sleeps, but sees a scorpion crawl down the rope that holds the hanging hammock where Coyotito lies.
Kino attempts to catch the scorpion, but Coyotito bumps the rope and the scorpion falls on him. Although Kino kills the scorpion, it still stings Coyotito. Juana and Kino, accompanied by their neighbors, go to see the local doctor, who refuses to treat Coyotito because Kino cannot pay enough to sustain the greedy needs of the Doctor.
Kino and Juana take Coyotito down near the sea, where Juana uses a seaweed poultice on Coyotito's shoulder, which is now swollen. Kino dives for oysters from his canoe, hoping to find a pearl he can sell to pay the doctor.
He finds a very large oyster which yields an immense pearl, which he dubs "The Pearl of the World". The news that Kino has found an immense pearl travels fast through La Paz.
Kino's neighbors begin to feel bitter toward him for his good fortune, but neither Kino nor Juana realize this feeling that they have engendered. Juan Tomas, Kino's brother, asks him what he will do with his money, and he envisions getting married to Juana in a church and dressing Coyotito in a yachting cap and sailor suit.
He claims that he will send Coyotito to school and buy a rifle for himself. The local priest visits and tells Kino to remember to give thanks and to pray for guidance.
The doctor also visits, and although Coyotito seems to be healing, the doctor insists that Coyotito still faces danger and treats him. Kino tells the doctor that he will pay him once he sells his pearl, and the doctor attempts to discern where the pearl is located Kino had buried it in the corner of his hut.
That night, a thief attempts to break into Kino's hut, but Kino drives him away. Juana warns Kino that the pearl will destroy them, but Kino insists that the pearl is their one chance and that tomorrow they will sell it. The next day, Kino goes to sell his pearl.
Unknown to him, the pearl dealers in La Paz are in cahoots with each other, secretly conspiring to make it appear as though the prices offered are competitive when they are defrauding the natives.
They offer Kino a thousand pesos for the pearl when Kino believes that it is worth fifty thousand. Kino refuses to sell to the pearl dealers and decides to go to the capital instead. That night, Kino is attacked by more thieves, and Juana once again reminds him that the pearl is evil.
However, Kino vows that he will not be cheated. Later that night, Juana attempts to take the pearl and throw it into the ocean, but Kino finds her and beats her for doing so. A group of men accost Kino and knock the pearl from his hand.
Juana watches from a distance and sees Kino approach her, limping with another man whose throat Kino has slit. Juana finds the pearl, and they decide that they must leave even if the killing was in self-defense. Kino finds that his canoe has been damaged, their house was torn up, and the outside set afire.
In the meantime, they stay with Kino's brother Juan Tomas with his wife Apolonia's protest. They hide for the next day before setting out for the capital at night. Kino and Juana travel at the night and rest at the day. Kino spots several bighorn sheep trackers passing by, so Kino and Juana escape into the mountains and find a cave to hide in.
Juana and Coyotito hide in the cave while Kino goes down to 'deal' with the trackers. As Kino approaches, the trackers hear a cry. They assume is merely a coyote pup and shoot in the direction of the cries to silence it. At that moment, Kino attacks, killing all three trackers. However, Kino can hear nothing but the song of death, for he soon realizes that it was Coyotito's cries that the trackers heard, and the shot hit Coyotito.
Juana and Kino returned heartbroken to the city of La Paz, Kino carrying a rifle stolen from the of the tracker he killed, while Juana carries the dead Coyotito like a sack from her back.
The two approach the gulf, and Kino, who saw the image of Coyotito with his head blown off in the pearl, throws it into the ocean. Setting[ edit ] Steinbeck began writing the story as a movie script  inand first published it as a short story called "The Pearl of the World" in Woman's Home Companion in December The film was also released by RKO in as a co-promotion with the book.
Throughout the novel, the plot discusses how the family lives before and after the pearl.This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of The Pearl by John Steinbeck. American author John Steinbeck published his novella The Pearl in , two years after it appeared in short story form under the title “The Pearl of the World” in December in Woman’s Home Companion.
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The book is about a Mexican pearl diver named Kino with a wife named Juana and a baby named Coyotito. The Pearl study guide contains a biography of John Steinbeck, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. poultice on Coyotito's shoulder, which is now swollen.
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She dutifully supports her husband, despite his worsening treatment of her, but warns him against the dangers that the pearl. Video: Analysis of The Pearl by John Steinbeck This lesson will cover literary aspects of John Steinbeck's novella 'The Pearl', a story that teaches a moral lesson.
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