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In John Steinbecks The Pearl a destitute pearl diver finds a giant pearl with which he hopes to buy peace and happiness for his family Instead he learns that the valuable pearl can not buy happiness but only destroy his simple life Throughout the fable there is a constant theme woven through the characters and setting which encompasses the struggle among social classes to become successful Steinbeck a novelist known for his realistic depictions of life portrays this motif through Kino the doctor Coyotito and the town of La Paz John Earnst Steinbeck author of The Pearl and many other stories was born on February 27 1902 in Salinas California Both his father who ran a flour mill and his mother a teacher encouraged him to write once they saw his early interest in literature Steinbeck began his career by writing articles for his school newspaper and by taking classes at Stanford University At the same time he worked at a local ranch where he witnessed the harsh treatment of migrant workers These underprivileged laborers later served as the inspiration for many of his novels including The Grapes of Wrath The Pearl another inspiration from his past originated from a legend about the misfortunes of a poor boy who found a giant pearl that was told to Steinbeck while on a trip to Mexico Kino the protagonist in The Pearl is an honest pearl diver that discovers the sacrifices that come with the struggle for success He dreams of the education the pearl could provide for his son but the pearl also makes Kino more suspicious of the peaceful villagers around him At one point he tries to sell the pearl in order to pay for a doctor Coyotito needs but the pearl buyers only try to cheat him of the success he feels he deserves Then Kino tries to leave the town but his fear only causes him to shoot Coyotito accidentally
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