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The Pearl is a story about an Mexican Indian man and woman set in the early to mid- 1900s in Bolivia It was written by John Steinbeck as a short fiction book that tells of the familys life just before during and just after find a great pearl The book was an amazing and discussed many different ideas The main idea discussed is whether or not being rich is a good thing The story explained how everyone would like to be rich yet being rich has a lot of unnecessary baggage that goes with it There are two major characters in this book The first is a man named Kino He is a Mexican Indian of about 25-30 years He lives in a fairly primitive village among a similar group of Mexican Indians They are a fishing village and also dive for pearls The second character is a woman named Juana She is his commonlaw wife mother of his son and better half She supports everything Kino does and offers advice to him whenever he needs it They have a son named Coyotito who plays a minor role in the book but a very major part in their lives The book starts with Coyotito getting bit my a scorpion The families needs to see a doctor but the doctor wont see them because they have no money Kino decides to go pearl hunting in an attempt to get some money He dives and after removing some shells catches a glimpse of something shiny out of the corner of his eye He removes the oyster that he saw the gleam from and returns to the surface Inside the oyster he finds a huge pearl that becomes known as the Pearl of the World Almost immediately there after people try to steal it The doctor tries to steal it after giving the baby a medicine to make it seem ill however Kino wakes up and chases him
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