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The Pearl

The Pearl


by John Steinbeck

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

John Steinbeck: The Log from the Sea of Cortez (the entire novella)
Bible: The Gospel of Matthew—The parable of "the pearl of great price" (the novella’s title)
Unknown author: Pearl (the novella’s title)

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