Steinbeck originally conceived of The Pearl as a film, and you can definitely tell by reading it. You’ve got everything from camera pans to a thematic musical score. The words themselves have a sense of rhythm that makes reading an agreeable experience. But most of all, the story reads like a legend, like a tale being told orally, as we expect from reading the epigraph. The language is clear and unambiguous; it will rhapsodize on the nature of greed or desire, but still digress to the level of the detail (like an ant getting buried in the sand).