The Pearl by John Steinbeck is the story of how a small, peaceful town turned as vicious as Wall Street. This was because of the greatly coveted pearl. The setting of this story was in Mexico in the 16th century.
Coyotito, Kino's son, was bitten by a scorpion, which made Kino take his family to the local doctor; in fact, it was the town's only doctor. Kino and his family were sent away because they did not have enough money to pay the doctor. Kino was very upset; he needed to save his son. While taking his family out on a trip to the sea, Kino went diving under water, and there he found a very large pearl. It was ironic because his wife, Juana was praying for a large pearl. Later Juana believed that the pearl is evil, and she wanted her husband to get rid of it.
Kino's brother warned him about the value that the pearl held, and how many people would try to cheat him out of it.
In the end, Kino's firstborn and only son was shot by a rifle, and consequently, dies. Kino was devastated; he had no more desire for the wretched pearl. The same pearl he thought would save his son's life, ended up being the reason it was taken. Kino and Juana walked to the sea, and with one last look, Kino threw the pearl back to the sea, where he had originally found it.
The Pearl was a very good book. It had me interested from beginning to end. Coyotitio's death was an event that really stuck out to me.