"The Pearl" By John Steinbeck. About The Book And The Use Of Symbolism

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Authors often write about how they are feeling, or try to send messages through their writing. Although on occasion it is very obvious, sometimes it isn't and their thoughts are just guessed at. The writer's use symbols to stand for what they are really feeling or thinking, that's to leave some of the story to the reader's own mind. In John Steinbeck's, The Pearl a pearl was one of the major symbols used in the book.In The Pearl one of the main characters in the book is Kino, a poor pearl diver who tries to support his family and wants to send his son to a good school so that he could learn how to read. His son became sick one day, and he went diver and he found a pearl. A ...view middle of the document...

All the pearl did was cause people to go more money hungry then they were already. Without the existence of the pearl, the townspeople wouldn't try to kill Kino's family and burn his house down. This is an important symbol because it represents human nature is always the way it is, but it changes when jealousy sets in. With no pearl, no one would want it, and everyone would live, albeit not to happy, but they would still be alive. His wife Juana reminds the pearl's symbolism of evil to Kino. She tells him that the pearl is evil, but he says no, it's just a pearl, and it will make us rich. In the end one of the things he values most and wanted to benefit the most from the pearl's money was his son, Coyotito, who was finally killed in the end of the book by a rifle bullet while Kino was trying to kill the people trying to steal his pearl. After this happened, he threw the pearl into the ocean, to rid his life of the evil that the pearl brought upon his family.The pearl represents evil and corruption. Steinbeck uses it as a symbol in his book The Pearl. It represents evil and corruption of Kino, and the people of the town, and the pearl buyers, that tried to cheat him when selling the pearl. The pearl's symbolism of evil in the book brings out human conflicts, and nature verses human conflicts, the use of an inanimate object that brings bad luck to its owners shows how people's feelings can alter how life goes. If they hadn't thought the pearl was evil, they might not have associated it with the bad things going on, and could have gotten their money.

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