The Pearl By John Steinbeck         John Steinbeck’s The Pearl was

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The Pearl By John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck?s The Pearl was a really interesting book. I would have to say this was one of the best books that I have read this year. The main reason I chose this book was that it had the shortest amount of pages that I could find. The time frame or setting was probably sometime in the early 1900?s. I thought that because Kino and Juana used a candle or a fire for light and fire to cook their food. From the very beginning to the very end a little over three or four days passed.

The main charters are Kino, Juana, and Coyotito. Kino was a young Indian man. He was very poor, as all of the Indians were, but he was a very good man. His profession was a pearl diver, which led him to find a very special pearl he called the Pearl of the World.

The Pearl of the World practically destroyed Kino?s life. This pearl was larger than any other pearl, and because of that, it was worth a lot of money. It was to play a major part in ruining Kino?s life.

Juana is Kino?s wife and faithful partner in living out a meager life. Juana is obedient and devoted to her family. What she wants most in life is for her family to be healthy and happy.

Coyotito is Kino and Juana?s infant son who is bitten by a scorpion and recovers miraculously only to be shot in the head by a bullet intended for Kino by someone who is trying to steal the pearl.

The Pearl takes place in a small village off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The main conflict happens when the village people and the pearl buyers try to steal the Pearl of the World from Kino. Two different times someone tries to steal the pearl from Kino. The first time the attackers came Kino cut them and drew blood. When Kino was attached the second time, he stabbed and killed them with a knife. Kino knew that someone would chase after him because he had killed the pearl buyers. Kino, his wife and baby ran up into the mountains. The trackers followed the family?s tracks. One of the trackers heard a baby cry and shot his rifle in the direction of the sound.