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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The plot of the story takes place on a coastal community near La Paz, Mexico. The town lies on an estuary where the sand is yellow, but there is rubble of shells and algae near the water. The book was first published in 1947, so the time period is probably early 19th century. Kino, the main character of the book, is the father of Coyotito and husband of Juana. Kino finds the “Pearl of the World” that lays the beginning to their problems.

Kino, a poor Mexican pearl diver, enjoys a simple life with his wife Juana and their baby, Coyotito. The baby, who was bitten by a scorpion, falls ill, and the doctors refuse to cure him. The situation changes, when Kino discovers a huge fine pearl one day. Skeptically, Kino howls with joy and suddenly everyone in La Paz is interested in his family and his pearl. Greed modifies their once simple way of life as Kino fitfully tries to get 50,000 pesos for a pearl that the dealers only wish to pay one thousand for. This pearl leads Kino to corruption and he slits a man's throat who has attempted to take it from him. Eventually the price of the pearl is higher than they have imagined: it is paid through the blood of Coyotito. In redemption and grieve Kino returns to La Paz and throws the pearl back to the ocean.

Kino hopes to buy peace and happiness for himself, his wife and...

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