"The Pearl" by John Steinbeck

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The purpose of this essay is to compare the idea good vs. evil in the novel is to compare the idea good vs. evil in the novel the pearl, written by John Steinbeck. Coyotio, who is always beside Juanna yet at the side of sickness, represents the good symbolistic element in the novel. The evil symbolistic element is represented by the pearl, which is always causing conflicts and brings bad luck to the beholder although considered to be worth a great value. And to go in the depths of saving Coyotio's life.

Coyotito the first out of the two symbolistic elements, is a dark skinned baby, small, and has a bite on his body. Coytito is considered to be innocent, loving, and cared by his parents "Go get the doctor"(pg.7). He is also being hurt by the doctor "Have I nothing better to do than cure insect bites for 'little Indians? I am a doctor, not a veterinary".

The pearl is the second symobolistic element, and the pearl is evil because as kino would try to sell it, pearl buyers would try to trick him "it is large and clumsy. As a curiosity it his interest; some museum might perhaps take it to place in a collection of seashells. I can give you, say a thousand pesos"(pg.50). The pearls appearance is it is big, shiny, round, and luxuries. Also the pearl is hateful, brings conflicts, and is worth a lot "Kino lifted the flesh, and there it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon"(pg.19)

The differences in the novel between the symbolistic elements of Coyotio and the pearl are that Coyotito is good and the pearl is evil. This could be found in the text, as coyotito is innocent "Kino's hand leaped to catch it, but it fell...