John Steinbeck's novel, "The Pearl".

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The Juicy Part of the Novel

Imagine biting a sweet apple as all the juice flows into your mouth. As the juice goes down you cherish the moment and enjoy it. John Steinbeck's novel, The Pearl, is full of vivid description, the juicy part of the novel. His rich language makes mental pictures showing the beauty of nature and Kino's people's way of life. Steinbeck's vivid description lets you understand the deep meaning of nature in relation to Kino's people. Imagine what the apple would taste like without any tasty juice flowing through your mouth. It would be a desiccate, repellent apple with no savor to it. It's the same with Steinbeck's novel. Without the vivid description the book would not be engaging, and there would be no savor to it. The Pearl is the story of a man named Kino, his wife, Juana, and their beloved son, Coyotito. Kino finds a pearl that first brings peace and happiness and then thrashes his life. Steinbeck very vividly describes the story and makes the book juicy.

Steinbeck uses great vivid detail throughout the book, even in the beginning. For example, his rich language describes Kino waking up in the morning. "His blanket was over his nose to protect him from the dank air. It was Juana arising, almost soundlessly on her hard bare feet she went to the hanging box and she leaned over and said a little reassuring word" (2). Notice the way Steinbeck takes each little aspect into great depth. His word choice is creative making the book interesting and entertaining. For example, "His blanket was over his nose to protect him from the dank air." Just from these simple words you can imagine Kino waking up with a blanket over him because the dank air is...