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The Pearl Title The title John Steinbeck gave to his novel The Pearl is significant to the meaning of the work When you think of a pearl or any other kind of precious stone you think of the wealth and prosperity it could bring and the happiness that would follow The title in itself is ironic because considering that a pearl is of great wealth you would assume that it would also give great happiness But in this story that is not the case Kino and his wife Juana was a poverty-stricken family until they found the great pearl They had high hopes for their future and the future of their son They could make their dreams come true and find a door out of their hard life Their lives were changed because of the pearl and in the end they found that the happiness they had before was an even greater wealth than what they wished to have Opening Chapter The Pearl from the beginning of the novel is very fast paced The scenes in the story though short and simple contain many facts and details that are important to the story Due to the fact that there are not that many characters that have to be introduced in the first chapter as in other long novels which take a whole chapter to introduce characters the introductions only take about three to four pages Also in the first chapter the background is set a poverty stricken village on the shore of an island and a wealthier town in the mainland The conflict which starts the plot of the story is also present here a scorpion has stung Coyotito Kinos son and Kino need to find a pearl to pay the doctor to help them This leads to the discovery of the great pearl The story starts on a beach where a poor village lies Kino and his Family are living happily together and
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