by John Steinbeck
The Pearl Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The pearl is a BIG deal. At first it’s the apex of Kino’s dreams and desires, and the next minute it’s a harbinger of bad, wicked things. Juana calls it "evil," "a sin" that "will...
The Pearl begins with a defenseless baby getting stung irrationally by a poisonous scorpion. Symbolic? Let’s start with "defenseless baby." This arbitrary act of destruction ends up mirroring...