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The Pearl - a chapter review.

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Introduction

The Pearl: Chapter 1: The first chapter introduces the main characters: Kino the father, Juana Kino's wife, and Coyotito the son who is a baby. By clues from the story like," the roosters had been crowing for some time", and "outside the brush house", you can tell they are farmers and are poor. They also live near the ocean because they can hear the "splash of morning waves". The plot to this chapter is that Coyotito was in his hanging box when suddenly a scorpion stings him. Kino and Juana go to the doctor to get help, knowing that the doctor would probably not help them since they were poor, and that's just what the doctor did. Chapter 2: The second chapter takes place on the beach inside of Kino's canoe. Kino and Juana had to dive into the water to find a pearl to sell so they could pay for the doctor to help coyotito get healthier. ...read more.

Middle

That moment Kino then realized how dangerous the pearl might be. Chapter 4: The fourth chapter talks about how Kino went into the town to sell his prized pearl, unfortunately the cheap buyers were trying to rip Kino off by offering to buy the pearl at to low of a price. Kino eventually refused to sell this pearl because he felt he was being cheated. He should have sold it because later that night someone came to steal it again. Luckily Kino heard something because he went outside to check things out. Unfortunately Kino was assaulted outside when the thief slashed Kino from ear to chin. After that incident Kino and Juana felt unsafe so Kino would leave to the capital so he could sell his pearl for a fair amount of money. Chapter 5: The fifth chapter starts out with Juana, who can see the pearls evil, tries to throw the pearl back into the ocean while Kino is resting. ...read more.

Conclusion

Kino and Juana decided to go back to the town and return to their lives. Upon arrival to their town Kino decided to throw the pearl back into the ocean because of all the bad luck it brought him. Kino never thought the pearl would bring him what it did. Kino wanted the pearl to represent happiness in his life and a new future for his family, instead it brought him the horrors of murdering four people, the burning down of his house, a hole in his cherished canoe, assaulted by shadows of the night, and the death of his first born child and only child Coyotito. For me the overall meaning to of the story is that people come before materialistic items. Kino made the pearl the most important thing in his life, because of that he almost lost his life and he did lose his sons. The selfishness of the pearl possessed his mind and made him believe the pearl was more important than his family, he was wrong and ended up losing more than he gained. ...read more.

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