The Pearl Essay
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The Pearl is John Steinbeck famous novel. Being a Nobel Prize winner, he is a keen observer of life. Steinbeck novels normally portray struggling people, who have been disadvantaged by the society. His characters normally draw stories from real life or historical conditions prevalent in the 20th century. The Pearl is story of an Indian pearl diver Kino, who is content with his life; however this peace is shattered by temptation of a new found pearl; which accelerates his agreed.
Its not only his greed, but its also about the greed of people around him including doctor, priest friends, and the shopkeeper; all of which wish to partake Kino’s new found wealth.
Some want to by cheating; other want by force and it this drama which unfolds throughout the novel. When Kino finds pearl; he realizes that all the people surrounding him want to snatch way his fate by one way or other. Rich and poor, all becomes his enemies.
Even the priest tries to find something out of Kino’s pearl for his church.
The priest pretext is “thanking Lord” but in reality it is his share (greed) that he wants out of Kino’s wealth. When he goes to the doctor, even the mean doctor suddenly becomes nice (because he also wants Kino’s pearl). When he goes to market even the buyers are greedy and they want to rip off Kino by offering him peanuts for the pearl of the world. Conclusion The writer has portrayed a very beautiful story about human greed and how it can shatter peace in life.
The setting chosen by the author is very calm in the beginning; which becomes violent at later stage. The story of pearl begins with discovery of pearl and its effects on Kino and the whole village. The novels opens with a new day (dawn) with the events taking place in the later part of the day; while the tragic part including the chase and death of the Kino’s son takes place in the darkness. When Kino returns to village its day; thus we can say that Kino is portrayed as traveling from light to darkness; led astray in the darkness and comes back to light.