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In the story The Pearl written by John Steinbeck Kino struggles tosupport his family despite the challenges of his social class Unhappywith his poor existence Kino goes searching for more I can relate tothis because I sometimes find myself wanting more than I have I thinkmany people feel this way The one time I mostly think about this iswhen it comes to cheerleading I made the Junior Varsity Cheerleading team at SJV this year and latelyI have been thinking about wanting to make Varsity Just like Kinofinding the pearl I wonder if making Varsity is all its cracked up tobe I find myself wondering will bad things happen to me Could I gethurt Will I like it as much as I thought I would When I think of itthat way I realize that I might be happier on the JV team with mypeers Kino certainly would feel he was better off before his life wasdestroyed by the pearlI was entertained by the continuous symbolism in The Pearl I found itinteresting that the pearl itself symbolized so much First itsymbolized freedom and wealth The great pearl perfect as the moonit was the greatest pearl in the world 19 Next it symbolizedgreed But now it is my misfortune and my life his eyes were hardand cruel and bitter 66 Lastly it was a symbol for destructionThis pearl is like a sin It will destroy us 38 The symbolsflowed throughout the novel I particularly liked Steinbecks use ofnature the sea Kinos garden and brush house Steinbecks relays thestory through many interesting symbols I thought this book was more interesting towards the end The storylineslowly progressed I recently read Steinbecks Of Mice and Men and foundit to be entertaining as well Although his stories are short and easyto read I find his work to have deep meaning- sometimes too much forme If I read his work at face value it is enjoyable but having to seethe details is a
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