The Pearl Essay

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The Pearl

Theme: The main idea of this story is definitely bad luck. Kino and his family are poor but they have somewhat decent health. However when Coyotito gets sick and the Pearl is found that all changes. What this book is trying to say is that money is not everything in life. And in some cases, it brings bad luck. Money can also bring greed, as in the doctor’s case.

Setting: This story takes place in a small village somewhere near the sea. The inhabitants of this village are predominantly poor Indians who have very small living quarters. There is also a higher class area of this village where the doctor lives. However that area is secluded from the area in which the Indians live in.

Conflict and Resolution: There was one main conflict in this story for Kino and his family. It was when Coyotito was bitten by the scorpion. Kino find a pearl to pay for Coyotito’s treatment with. To make a long story short, Coyotito is eventually killed just because they have the pearl.(even though he was killed by accident )

Plot: The book all started out when Coyotito was bitten by a scorpion. To cure the bite, Coyotito is taken to the doctor’s office. The doctor refuses to treat baby Coyotito just because Kino does not have any money. To pay for the treatment, Kino goes out looking for a pearl to sell and pay the doctor with. After hours of looking, Kino finds a pearl the size of a sea gull’s egg. Word of this find quickly spread through town, and eventually made its way to the doctor. The doctor suddenly changed his mind about treating Coyotito. He examined Coyotito but instead of giving him medicine to feel better, he gave him poison. The doctor also acted as though he had never heard anything about the finding of the pearl.

Nevertheless Kino went into town hoping to sell the pearl. However.. Every store that he went to offered him a small amount of money for the pearl. They said that the pearl was fake and that it would decay in a matter of time. Kino became very frustrated by all of the nonsense that was going on. His wife Juana even urged him to throw the pearl back into the sea where he found it.They both decide that they will leave their home in the morning and set off for the north. But when they wake up a man attacks Kino, who quickly fights off the man and eventually kills...

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