The Pearl: A Story about Life Changes

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Madi Webster
3/7/13
3rd hour
The Pearl
When one thinks of a parable, a person may think of a parabola a horse-shoe looking thing in math class. Well if person thinks that, they are wrong. A parable is a short story that teaches a lesson throughout the story. The parable The Pearl shows on how a man can find something that he thinks will change his life, but actually ends up ruining it. Kino is met with some great challenges with the pearl that take over his life because he wants the wealth that he truly deserves. He is determined to get the money and the life for Coyotito. Kino goes to great ends to keep the pearl safe even hurting his own wife to keep his pearl safe. The theme of this story is that “A person should not let anything take their life over, that’s not worth living for.”

“There is a devil in this pearl. You should have sold it and passed on the devil. Perhaps you can still sell it and buy peace for yourself.” (65) The family of Kino saw and knew that the pearl was bringing Kino, Juana, and Coyotito very much harm. “As a curiosity, it has interest; some museum might perhaps take it to place in a collection of seashells. I can give you, say, a thousand pesos.” (50) The family is also cheated by many of the dealers. The pearl was something people desired, in which they were trying to steal, so it must have been worth something if so many people wanted it. Kino did not want anyone else to have it, he wanted the money.

“He said “I am I man,” and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god.” (59) Kino is the man of the family and wants to prove what he caught could make him a real man to Juana. He did not care what he did, only if he was proven as the man of the family. “And in his dream, Coyotito was reading from a book as large as a house, with letters as big as dogs, and the words galloped and played on the book.”(34) The pearl could really promote the money for the dreams that Kino has for Coyotito....
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