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The Pearl

The Pearl

by John Steinbeck

Analysis: Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Doomed, Removed, Tranquil

We definitely get a sense of fatalism reading The Pearl. The narration declares with removed, pensive observation that all are greedy, that the pearl brings evil, that Kino has become an animal, etc. The mystical, dream-like quality of the setting complements this well: there is no urgency or concern here, since the tale is simply a parable being told by a story-teller.

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