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The Pearl

The Pearl

by John Steinbeck

Analysis: Writing Style

Filmic, Rhythmic, Legend-like

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).

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