"The Pearl" Analytical Essay by capital writers

"The Pearl"
Discusses the strength of women in John Steinbeck's novel.
# 28834 | 700 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 08, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper introduce and discuss the short story "The Pearl," by John Steinbeck. Specifically, it discusses Steinbeck's use of women in the story as sources of strength. It shows that the female protagonist, Juana, is a source of strength and understanding in "The Pearl" and she is pivotal in Kino's downfall because he refuses to listen to her wise opinions.

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"Kino decides he must kill them in order to get away, but as he is creeping up on them, his baby cries out, and they attack him. He succeeds in killing them, but one of their shots kills his baby. He and his wife return to the village with the dead child, and throw the hateful pearl back into the ocean. He finally understands that his wife was right all along, and the pearl was a symbol of Kino's weakness. Kino sees Juana in a new light, and acknowledges Juana's "quality of woman, the reason, the caution, the sense of preservation, could cut through Kino's manness and save them all" (Steinbeck 59)."

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